Record: 25-8. 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.
Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune
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