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Michigan, MSU get underway Thursday

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The madness is growing as several basketball fans get ready for Thursday's upcoming NCAA tournament games.

Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will hit the court and the madness is hitting close to home.

The Wolverines and Spartans will play their first games Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

MSU is the third seed in the Midwest Regional and will play No. 14 Valparaiso. The tip is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. this afternoon.

Valparaiso is coached by Bryce Drew, who hit an amazing buzzer-beating shot against Mississippi during the 1998 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders have made 8 NCAA Tournament appearances since joining Division 1 back in 1978. Valpo's combined record is 2-7 in NCAA Tournament play.

These two teams squared off in the 2000 NCAA Tournament with the Spartans winning 65-38. MSU went on to win the national title that year, led by Flint-native Mateen Cleaves.

Michigan is the fourth seed in the South Region and will take on number 13 South Dakota State. That game tips off at 7:15 p.m.

Believe it or not, this will be the third time these two teams will meet. Michigan has won both meetings. Michigan beat the JackRabbits on Dec. 11, 1957, 95-53. Michigan also beat SDSU on Dec. 3, 1989. The Wolverines won that matchup 104-66. That was the year after Michigan had won the national title.

South Dakota State is making their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The winner will advance to meet the winner of the VCU-Akron game.

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