2018 NCAA Tournament tickets: Buy tickets for Michigan State-Bucknell
Michigan State will play Bucknell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 16. Get tickets at TickeyCity. The Spartans are the No. 3 seed and the Bison are the No. 14 seed in the Midwest region.
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Michigan State-Bucknell: Buy tickets for Michigan State-Bucknell
Ticket information for Michigan State-Bucknell can be found here. The cheapest seats are currently $126.
Michigan State-Bucknell: Game time, information for Michigan State-Bucknell
Date: March 16, 2018
Kickoff time: 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
TV channel: CBS
Michigan State-Bucknell preview
Michigan State (29-4) enters the NCAA Tournament looking to make up for a disappointing showing in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans beat Wisconsin, 63-60 in the conference tournament quarterfinals but fell to Michigan, 75-64. The Wolverines went on to win the tournament for the second year in a row.
Before the tournament, though, Michigan State ended the regular season on a 12-game winning streak, which included a 68-65 win over Purdue. The Spartans spent much of the season considered among the nation’s elite, but surprising losses to Ohio State and Michigan in January hurt the Spartans’ resume.
Michigan State is led by sophomore forward Miles Bridges, who was unanimously elected to the All-Big Ten First Team. Bridges is averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game in addition to 6.9 rebounds per game, 2.8 assists per game and 0.8 blocks per game.
Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has anchored the Spartans’ defense. He’s averaging 3.15 blocked shots per game, which ranks fifth in the nation overall and second among freshman. Marshall junior Ajdin Penava is averaging a nation-best 4.06 blocks per game.
This marks the Spartans’ 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, which is a Big Ten record and the fourth-longest stretch in NCAA history behind Kansas (29 years), North Carolina (28) Duke (23). It’s also the third longest active streak in the nation behind Kansas and Duke.
Michigan State advanced to the second round of last season’s national tournament, before falling to Kansas, 90-70. Bridges scored 22 points and recorded eight rebounds in the defeat.
Bucknell (25-9), meanwhile, won both the Patriot League regular season and tournament championship and enters the game against the Spartans on an eight-game winning streak. The Bison are led by senior forward Zach Thomas, who leads the team in points (20.3 per game) and rebounds (9.2) per game. Nana Foulland (15.4 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game), and Stephen Brown (14.9 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game) have also been key players for Bucknell.
Michigan State and Bucknell have played once before, on Nov. 21, 2013. Michigan State picked up the 64-52 victory at home. The winner of the Spartans and Bison’s first-round matchup will play the winner of TCU and Arizona St./Syracuse.
The Midwest region championship game will be played March 25 in Omaha, Nebraska The Final Four will be in San Antonio, Tx., on March 31. and April 2.