NCAA Tournament Predictions: Michigan State vs. Middle Tennessee St.

Michigan State's head coach Tom Izzo celebrates with his players after an NCAA college basketball game against Purdue in the finals at the Big Ten Conference tournament, Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Indianapolis. Michigan State won 66-62. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

It’s March Madness, the greatest time of the year. Looking for some help with your bracket? Don’t know which teams to believe in, in this crazy college hoops season? We’ve got your back. We’re breaking down every first-round game in the field of 68, plus looking ahead at which teams will make the run to the Final Four.

2. Michigan State — The Spartans are the pick of many people to win this tournament, and understandably so. With Denzel Valentine, Brynn Forbes and a cast of experienced role players, the Spartans are a handful. Also, Tom Izzo coaches there. He’s pretty good.

Middle Tennessee's Giddy Potts, right, shoots over Old Dominion's Brandan Stith, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Conference USA men's tournament, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)
Middle Tennessee’s Giddy Potts, right, shoots over Old Dominion’s Brandan Stith, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Conference USA men’s tournament, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)

15. Middle Tennessee St. — Middle Tennessee won the CUSA title and beat Georgia earlier this year.

PREDICTION: Michigan State should win by (pick your own score). This will be a blowout.

Other tournament games:

EAST:
Which teams can beat No. 1 North Carolina?
8. USC vs. 9. Providence
5. Indiana vs. 12. Chattanooga
4. Kentucky vs. 13. Stony Brook
6. Notre Dame vs. 11. Michigan/Tulsa
3. West Virginia vs. 14. Stephen F. Austin
7. Wisconsin vs. 10. Pittsburgh
2. Xavier vs. 15 Weber State

SOUTH:
Who can beat No. 1 Kansas?
8. Colorado vs. 9. UConn
5. Maryland vs. 12. South Dakota State
4. California vs. 13 Hawaii
6. Arizona vs. 11. Wichita State or Vanderbilt
3. Miami (FL) vs. 14. Buffalo
7. Iowa vs. 10. Temple
2. Villanova vs. 15. UNC Asheville

MIDWEST:
How far will No. 1 Virginia advance?
8. Texas Tech vs. 9. Butler
5. Purdue vs. 12. Arkansas-Little Rock
4. Iowa State vs. 13. Iona
6. Seton Hall vs. 11. Gonzaga
3. Utah vs. 14. Fresno State
7. Dayton vs. 10. Syracuse
2. Michigan State vs. 15. Middle Tennessee State

WEST:
Is No. 1 Oregon really that good?
8. St. Joseph’s vs. 9. Cincinnati
5. Baylor vs. 12. Yale
4. Duke vs. 13. UNC-Wilmington
6. Texas vs. 11. Northern Iowa
3. Texas A&M vs. 14. Green Bay
7. Oregon State vs. 10. VCU
2. Oklahoma vs 15. Cal St. Bakersfield

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