Keith Appling

NCAA Tournament: West Region Preview

Michigan State and Missouri are the teams to beat, but Murray State could rise in Phoenix.
<p> A preview of the West Region in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, where Michigan State and Missouri are the top two seeds and Murray State is a Sweet 16 sleeper.</p>

2012 NCAA Tournament


Top Two – Michigan State (1), Missouri (2)

College Basketball 2011 Preview: Michigan State Spartans

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Michigan State will reload with an intriguing blend of talented newcomers in the backcourt and benefit from proven warriors in the frontcourt. Look for the Spartans to extend their streak of 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and reside in the upper half of the Big Ten, but Tom Izzo will have to wait a year or two for a run at a seventh Final Four.