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Michigan State vs. Valparaiso NCAA Tournament 2013 Capsule Preview: Predict The Winner

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Michigan State's Keith Appling (11) and Denzel Valentine celebrate during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, Thursday, March 7, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) | AP

No. 3 seed Michigan State will face No. 14 Valparaiso in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in the Midwest region.

Tom Izzo's Spartans are playing in their 16th straight NCAA Tournament. They have made it to the Sweet 16 in four out of the last five years.

The winner in this matchup in Auburn Hills on March 21 will face the winner of No. 6 Memphis and the winner of Middle Tennessee/Saint Mary's in the play-in game for the No. 11 seed.


CLICK HERE to print the 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket

Take a look at these capsule glances at the teams' 2012-2013 seasons and let us know who you predict will survive and advance.

Michigan State
Regular Season Record: 25-8
Conference Record: 13-5 (Big Ten)
Conference Tournament Results: Lost to Ohio State in semifinals
Top Players: Keith Appling (Guard), Gary Harris (Guard)
Top 25 Wins: Kansas (#7), Ohio State (#11), Minnesota (#18), Michigan (#4), Wisconsin (#22)
Worst Losses: UConn (66-62)
RPI Ranking: 8

Valparaiso
Regular Season Record: 26-7
Conference Record: 13-3 (Horizon)
Conference Tournament Results: Won Horizon League Tournament vs. Wright State
Top Player: Ryan Broekhoff (Forward)
Top 25 Wins: None
Worst Losses: Nebraska (50-48), Loyola IL (63-54)
RPI Ranking: 59

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