Michigan State creeped in.

On Selection Sunday, the Spartans learned that they did just enough to squeak into the NCAA Tournament for a 23rd straight year. Winning five of the final seven regular season games with wins over Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan proved to be worthy of a March Madness bid.

But the Spartans were slotted into the No. 11 seed and will have a play-in game against UCLA on Thursday night with a chance to play No. 6 BYU on the line. Considering how MSU closed out the year, it was a bit of a surprise that they were put into that play-in game spot.

Tuesday, head coach Tom Izzo talked about Thursday’s showdown against UCLA at Mackey Arena. He’s excited for the opportunity, but knows the Bruins will present a tough challenge.

Here’s what Izzo had to say on Tuesday: