The Spartans have compiled a record of 15-11 in previous tournament appearances, including a 9-1 mark in the first round.
However, this will not be an easy trip for Merchant's squad as they'll face No. 7 seed Louisville (22-9) on Saturday, March 17 in College Park, Maryland and also have the No. 2 seed Maryland waiting in the wings.
This is Merchant's fourth NCAA Tournament selection since taking over the Spartans program having advanced to second round play each of the last two seasons and the Sweet 16 in 2009.
Hear the comments of Coach Merchant in the following audio file provided by MSU Athletics.