Michigan State Spartans Projections 2018


These are the latest projections for the Michigan State Spartans. All of these projections for Michigan St are based on our proprietary ratings and data that is known to be predictive. This page was last updated on 3/19/2018.

Michigan St Record and Rankings

Record: 30-5
Projected Final Record: 30.0-5.0

Big Ten Conference Record: 17-3
Projected Final Big Ten Record: 17.0-3.0
Projected Final Rank in the Big Ten: 1

Michigan St Bracket Projections and Tournament Resume

DRatings Overall Rank: 4
RPI Rank: 16
Current NCAA Bracket Projection: 3 Seed

Starting in the 2017-2018 season, the NCAA tournament committee will begin to use the “tier system” to help determine tournament bids. In prior years, the four buckets were based on wins and losses against the RPI 1-50, 51-100, 101-200, and 201+. Now, the tier system accounts for the home, neutral and away site variable.

Tier 1: vs. RPI 1-30 (home), vs. RPI 1-50 (neutral site), vs. RPI 1-75 (away)
Tier 2: vs. RPI 31-75 (home), vs. RPI 51-100 (neutral site), vs. RPI 76-135 (away)
Tier 3: vs. RPI 76-160 (home), vs. RPI 101-200 (neutral site), vs. RPI 136-240 (away)
Tier 4: vs. RPI 161+ (home), vs. RPI 201+ (neutral site), vs. RPI 240+ (away)

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Record 3-4 5-0 12-0 9-0
Win % by Tier 0.429 1.000 1.000 1.000

Our current projections give the Michigan State Spartans a 100.0% chance to make the NCAA Tournament as conference champions or through an at-large bid. We project them to have a 0.0% chance at an NIT bid and a 0.0% chance of missing both the NCAA and NIT tournaments. Note that the predictions below take into account Michigan St’s future schedule and prior results and are not necessarily based on where the team currently stands. The seed probabilities are based on a result from five hundred simulations. These simulations use all the rules for NCAA seeding, i.e. conference champions get an auto bid to the NCAA Tournament, regular season champions get an auto bid to the NIT, etc.

Seed Probability
NCAA #1 Seed 4.8%
NCAA #2 Seed 26.2%
NCAA #3 Seed 51.6%
NCAA #4 Seed 6.0%
NCAA #5 Seed 4.2%
NCAA #6 Seed 4.4%
NCAA #7 Seed 2.0%
NCAA #8 Seed 0.8%
NCAA #9 Seed 0.0%
NCAA #10 Seed 0.0%
NCAA #11 Seed 0.0%
NCAA #12 Seed 0.0%
NCAA #13 Seed 0.0%
NCAA #14 Seed 0.0%
NCAA #15 Seed 0.0%
NCAA #16 Seed 0.0%
NIT #1 Seed 0.0%
NIT #2 Seed 0.0%
NIT #3 Seed 0.0%
NIT #4 Seed 0.0%
NIT #5 Seed 0.0%
NIT #6 Seed 0.0%
NIT #7 Seed 0.0%
NIT #8 Seed 0.0%

Below is the current schedule and future game projections for the Michigan State Spartans. If a game has not been played yet, then the “result” of the game is replaced with the “win probability”.

Michigan St Schedule and Game Projections

Date Oppo Rank Opponent Location Result Score
11/10 266 North Florida Home W 98-66
11/14 3 Duke Chicago, IL L 81-88
11/19 235 Stony Brook Home W 93-71
11/23 106 DePaul Portland, OR W 73-51
11/24 136 Connecticut Portland, OR W 77-57
11/26 10 North Carolina Portland, OR W 63-45
11/30 52 Notre Dame Home W 81-63
12/3 45 Nebraska Home W 86-57
12/5 134 Rutgers Away W 62-52
12/9 249 Southern Utah Home W 88-63
12/16 188 Oakland Detroit, MI W 86-73
12/18 344 Houston Bap Home W 107-62
12/21 185 Long Beach St Home W 102-60
12/29 288 Cleveland St Home W 111-61
12/31 297 Savannah St Home W 108-52
1/4 57 Maryland Home W 91-61
1/7 19 Ohio St Away L 64-80
1/10 134 Rutgers Home W 76-72
1/13 9 Michigan Home L 72-82
1/19 81 Indiana Home W 85-57
1/22 112 Illinois Away W 87-74
1/26 75 Wisconsin Home W 76-61
1/28 57 Maryland Away W 74-68
1/31 50 Penn St Home W 76-68
2/3 81 Indiana Away W 63-60
2/6 100 Iowa Away W 96-93
2/10 6 Purdue Home W 68-65
2/13 111 Minnesota Away W 87-57
2/17 94 Northwestern Away W 65-60
2/20 112 Illinois Home W 81-61
2/25 75 Wisconsin Away W 68-63
3/2 75 Wisconsin New York, NY W 63-60
3/3 9 Michigan New York, NY L 64-75
3/16 108 Bucknell NCAA Tournament Detroit MI W 82-78
3/18 54 Syracuse NCAA Tournament L 53-55