Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune
March 15, 2013
How they got here: At-large bid.
Strengths: They rely on guards Keith Appling (13.5 ppg) and Gary Harris (13.2 ppg) to set the tone as solid scorers and defensive playmakers.
Weaknesses: The Spartans wilted during a key three-game stretch against fellow Big Ten powers Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan.
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