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Michigan State won in the 2nd half on the way to his 6th Big Ten Tournament title and third victory this season over Michigan (65-60) on March 17, 2019.
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

Both the Michigan State Basketball and Michigan basketball teams will be sent to Des Moines, Iowa, to open the 2019 NCAA tournament.

The Spartans, number two in the East Region, will play seed Bradley around 3:45 pm Thursday on CBS. At 9:20 that night on TNT, the Wolverines, who ranked second in the West region, will play seed Montana # 15 in a rematch against last season's tournament opening match.

So, if you're busy booking flights to Iowa For the games of the first (and possibly second) round, you should know the following about Des Moines and the surrounding area.

More: NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need

While tickets are likely to run out of both UM and MSU allocation, There's a way to get into the Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday and Saturday:

• Tickets to NCAA Tournament Games in Des Moines

Here's some help if you have a place to eat before, during, or after the games or Drinking:

• Restaurants, bars in Des Moines

And you will not just go to basketball games while you're there. But what do you do when you are in Des Moines? We also have your back:

• Des Moines Attractions

Contact Kirkland Crawford: kcrawford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere .