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FanPulse: MSU marches on to Elite Eight

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Thanks to dedicated fans around the country, Michigan State has advanced to the SB Nation FanPulse Elite Eight, and voting to reach the Final Four opens today.

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Now things are getting interesting.

As would be expected, a three-seed Michigan State Spartans team has found its grove at the perfect time and is looking like one of the best teams in the country.

Or at least fans are acting like they are.

MSU once again rolled by its opponent in SB Nation’s FanPulse NCAA Tournament. For the first time, however, the Spartans went into the contest as the worse seed, facing No. 2 Creighton Bluejays. But the results were as dominant as ever, with State earning 65 percent of the national fan vote.

Spartans face Dayton in the Elite Eight

Fresh off of knocking out one highly-ranked mid major, Michigan State turns around to face the darlings of the college basketball world and the most dominant player in the country with Obi Toppin’s Dayton Flyers.

The Flyers earned a one seed in the FanPulse tournament and have cruised to the Elite Eight. In the last round, Dayton blew by Louisville in what should have been an even matchup, with the Flyers slightly outpacing MSU and earning 68 percent of the vote.

Voting has opened for the Elite Eight matchup and anyone already signed up for FanPulse should have an email in their inbox already. If you’ve yet to register, do your part to get MSU to the Final Four by signing up here. Immediately after finishing registration, you will be taken to the Elite Eight survey.

Joining Michigan State and Dayton in the regional finals is fellow Big Ten champ Maryland, the only other Big Ten team to advance after Wisconsin fell to Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen. Last round also saw the closest voting margin so far in the survey, with Duke edging San Diego State by only 13 votes, less than one percent.

Voting for this round will remain open through Tuesday, so don’t wait to cast your vote. If the Spartans are able to advance, the Final Four will begin Thursday.