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Fans slightly more confident in Michigan State as NCAA Tournament nears

Despite a weekend loss, Michigan State fans are starting to feel a little better about the Spartans’ NCAA Tournament chances.

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Despite the loss over the weekend, confidence among Michigan State fans is creeping higher.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 59 percent of Michigan State fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 33 percent last week and 32 percent two weeks ago.

After starting the season with full confidence for nearly a month, that number plummeted to only 27 percent of Spartans fans who felt the team was headed in the right direction in early February. With the mini-win streak, confidence reached the highest mark since mid-January.

It’s understandable for fans to still be uneasy about the team’s future. Even with the wins over Illinois and Ohio State, the loss to Maryland leaves MSU with more work to do before feeling comfortable heading into Selection Sunday. Most experts seem to believe Michigan State will need at least a win over Indiana and one more win, whether it’s an upset in one of the two season-ending games against Michigan or in the Big Ten Tournament.

As the season nears an end, Michigan State is gearing up for a run in the conference tournament. But not all conference tournaments are the same.

A plurality of fans from around the country, 49 percent, said that the Big Ten Tournament is the most interesting this season. That’s followed by 25 percent for the ACC Tournament and 18 percent for the Big 12 Tournament.

Similarly, 67 percent of fans said the Big Ten is currently the best conference in the country. Meanwhile, 21 percent picked the Big 12 and 13 percent think the ACC is the best in the country.

This leaves the door open even wider for Michigan State. With that much belief in the the conference as a whole, every win gets that much bigger.

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