Every March, college teams across the country hold their collective breath as the NCAA selection committee convenes to assign seeds and sites to the 64 best teams in the country. For many teams, the simple luck of the draw could mean the difference between cross-country trips on a few days rest, or home court advantage just miles from campus.
This year, quite a few draws hold significant promise for a handful of teams. Schools like Georgetown, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, and Kansas State have benefitted significantly from the seeds bestowed upon them by the committee, and look to ride an implied home court advantage to the Sweet 16.
The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI, will play host site to both Michigan and Michigan State. Two of the more under-seeded teams in the tournament, home court in the first two rounds could be exactly the recipe for Beilein and Izzo’s squads need to get hot and make a run to the Final Four.
You may recall back in 2009, Michigan State was the two seed behind Louisville in the Midwest Region, and marched through Indianapolis to the Final Four at Ford Field back home in Detroit. Michigan State was able get by UConn before ultimately falling in the Championship Game to UNC. This year, if they can get past Louisville once again, they could very well be cutting down the nets in Atlanta.
The Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
- Session 1: $140
- Session 2: $143
- Session 3: $233