Limited capacity of fans, all games being played in one state, and a different rhythm to the schedule with First Four games starting Thursday and the first round on Friday.
Bonus: 11-seed Michigan State or UCLA
1st round matchup- 6-seed BYU
“Whoever wins the Michigan State-UCLA game. Whoever wins that game and plays BYU, I think they’re going to win that game,” said Walker. “That’s a tough place for someone to have to play an 11-seed. UCLA has lost four in a row and Michigan State was 9-12 in the Big Ten and their Quad 1 situation isn’t great but are you really going to bet against Tom Izzo in March? Him being an 11-seed is like the worst nightmare for everybody.”
Up until the 2019 tournament, at least one team that played in the First Four pulled off the 11-6 or 12-5 upset in the Round of 64. While neither the Spartans or Bruins jump off the page at you, both are tested power conference teams who would be facing BYU in their first game of the tournament.