Bracket projection: Michigan State

The stiffest challenges to coach Tom Izzo's program this winter have frankly come off the court, as the Michigan State Spartans were embroiled in the fallout of the Larry Nassar atrocities -- including an Outside the Lines report on a decade of alleged sexual assaults involving Michigan State athletes -- and star forward Miles Bridges being named in the FBI college basketball probe. Izzo's bunch, nonetheless, has stayed laser-focused and enters the Big Dance as a legit national title threat. Can the Spartans continue to block out the outside noise and ultimately break the Big Ten's 18-year national title drought?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as analyst Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket.