Spartans Extend Their Big Ten Record With 20th Consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance
MSU earns No. 9 seed in Midwest Region and will face No. 8 seed Miami on Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Make it 20 in a row.
Michigan State extended its Big Ten record by earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th consecutive season, receiving a No. 9 seed in the Midwest Region.
The Spartans (19-14) will face No. 8 seed Miami (21-11) on Friday, March 17 at approximately 9:20 p.m. ET in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the BOK Center. The game will be televised on TNT and will be called by Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Reggie Miller and Dana Jacobson.
Michigan State's streak of 20 straight NCAA Tournaments is not only the longest in Big Ten history, it's also the fourth longest in NCAA history (Kansas, 28; North Carolina, 27; Duke, 22). In addition, MSU's streak is the third-longest active streak in the nation (Kansas, 28; Duke, 22).
The Hurricanes tied for seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 10-8 league record. They reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament with a second-round victory over Syracuse before falling to North Carolina.
Friday's game will mark the second-ever meeting between Michigan State and Miami. The Hurricanes defeated the Spartans, 67-59, on Nov. 28, 2012, in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge in Miami.
No. 1 seed Kansas will face the winner of No. 16 seeds North Carolina Central/UC Davis at 6:50 p.m. ET on Friday in Tulsa.
The Midwest Regional is set for March 23 and March 25 (Thursday, Saturday) at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The 2017 Final Four will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on April 1 and 3 (Saturday, Monday).