DETROIT, Mich. — The game may have been played in Detroit on a neutral floor, but the atmosphere inside Little Caesars Arena was anything but neutral on Friday night.
Fans of the Michigan State Spartans came out in full force to support their beloved Green and White in their First Round game against the Bucknell Bison. Cheers of “Go Green…Go White” echoed throughout the arena all game long, and it gave the Spartans that extra boost of motivation they needed, especially in the second frame.
Coming into the contest, the Spartans stressed the importance of not overlooking an opponent in the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, they were eliminated in the First Round by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who were a 15-seed.
Michigan State wanted to avoid another early exit from the NCAA Tournament, and while they had to sweat things down the stretch, they made sure to avoid a repeat from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
DETROIT, Mich. — It’s not necessarily how you start, but how you finish.
For the Purdue Boilermakers, that rang true on Friday afternoon in their 2018 NCAA Tournament opener against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Boilermakers are the two-seed in the East Region, and were taking on the Big West Conference champions, who came into the tournament seeded 15th.
Friday marked the first time that the Boilermakers and Titans have met on the hardwood. While the odds were heavily on Purdue’s side coming into the event, the Titans weren’t lacking confidence in themselves on Media Day.
RADFORD, Va. — Sunday will have an instate rivalry theme to it when it comes to conference tournament championships.
In the Missouri Valley Conference title game, its am all-Illinois affair. The Loyola (IL) Ramblers, who won the regular season title, take on the Illinois State Redbirds for an automatic berth into the Big Dance.
A total of four bids will be secured on Sunday afternoon, as the Big Ten and Atlantic Sun will also crown champions before the day is out.
Kicking off the festivities on Sunday is the Big South Conference, and an all-Virginia match-up will decide who advances to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Liberty Flames, who came into the tournament as the fifth seed, head to Radford, VA to take on the Radford Highlanders, who were seeded second in the field.