NCAA Tournament – Michigan State travel to East Lansing and Michigan go to Madison Square Garden

Media playback is not supported on this device Everything I’m dreaming of is happening, says Miles Bridges. Michigan State are into the NCAA Final Four and Michigan are in with a chance of going…

NCAA Tournament - Michigan State travel to East Lansing and Michigan go to Madison Square Garden

Media playback is not supported on this device Everything I’m dreaming of is happening, says Miles Bridges.

Michigan State are into the NCAA Final Four and Michigan are in with a chance of going too.

The story of this tournament’s first weekend was another example of ‘happy accidents’ on a colossal scale.

The Spartans aren’t one of the traditional powers of the tournament and Donald Trump didn’t vote for them. But if they can get past Ohio State at this stage they will be heading to the Final Four.

Can they do it?

No team has recovered from a 17-point deficit to beat a higher seed in the first round, and they may find getting by the Buckeyes difficult.

This is the first time that both these teams have reached the NCAA’s Sweet 16 since 2000.

No disrespect to Miami, but the Wolverines might be title favourites now. Whatever happens, the tournament is proving to be a very unpredictable environment and our live blog could just become a real winner.

The Sports Digest

Milwaukee state representative Richard Jones (pictured) has raised eyebrows for the statement he made after the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics on Tuesday

No wonder we enjoy a bit of trash talk from time to time.

Milwaukee state representative Richard Jones got himself in a stir after the Bucks beat the Celtics on Tuesday by telling his local paper: “Thank you, Boston. The only good Celtics are in Boston.”

Coach Brad Stevens tried to brush off the comments after the Celtics’ 105-97 defeat, but even he might be surprised when you read it.

“I have lived in the city of Boston for nine years,” Stevens told reporters. “I know a lot of people in Boston. It’s pretty obvious that he knows very little about the city of Boston.”

On Thursday, all those tweets will be whittled down to two characters.

Texas coach Shaka Smart defends his team’s tardiness for games

Blind spots and tardiness, anyone?

The 20th-seeded Longhorns were as late for their first-round game against BYU as a person is on the Pearly Gates.

When asked why his team were so tardy, head coach Shaka Smart replied: “We’re not going to answer that question because we know what the result would be.

“If someone has a question that is important enough for you to say it, then we’re not going to respond.”

I told you it was hot.

Basketball is more popular than ever

Fans of basketball can be proud this weekend as the NCAA Tournament has been shown live for the first time on TV since 2006.

Americans have a passion for the sport, and that passion has spilled over on to social media.

Fans have become intensely interested in every minute of this tournament, which is only part of the story.

After missing out on the NCAA Tournament last year, the Michigan Wolverines are about to face Ohio State in a Sweet 16 match-up.

I love more when the underdog causes an upset!

Match analysis

I really wanted Michigan State to win over the weekend – and they did – but I really wanted this to be a really tight game.

For me, this is a repeat of the Michigan State-Kansas game. It was a one-point game at half-time and then Michigan State had a bigger lead at the end. It is a replay of that game with Ohio State having a similar lead in the second half.

Ohio State had a second chance to win that game, but I thought Michigan State deserved to win.

Watch Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving scoring shots again

If I’m looking for a game on Thursday to get me excited, it could be Michigan State against Ohio State. I want to see Marcus Morris, Kyrie Irving, Alvin Ellis and Xavier Tillman and these guys on display.

I also like to see the beating of LeBron James. He might be 35, but this is the NCAA tournament.

The winner of this game will play for a title. It might be a team with no stars, but that can’t be a bad thing.

The best things in life are free, and we’ll be here to give you the highlights of all the action in the NCAA men’s tournament live on BBC Two and online.

It’s go. Don’t miss it.

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