Michigan State Spartans vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/28/14
Michigan State Spartans (28-8) at Virginia Cavaliers (30-6)
College Basketball: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers +2 -- Over/Under: 123 See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers play the Michigan State Spartans in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.
The Michigan State Spartan defeated the Harvard Crimson 80-73 on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16 on Friday night. On the season, Gary Harris is averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game for the Spartans. Adreian Payne is averaging 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Branden Dawson is averaging a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game, while Keith Appling is averaging a team-high 4.6 assists per contest. The Spartans are averaging 76.2 points per game while shooting 47.4% from the field, which ranks 31st in the country. Michigan State is a good rebounding team and they are great at distributing the basketball on offense, averaging 17.1 assists per game as a team this year. Defensively, The Spartans allow only 65.9 points per game while they block an average of 4.8 shots per contest. The Spartans have won five straight games including a win over Michigan in the Big Ten Championship.
The Virginia Cavaliers defeated Memphis 78-60 in the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday. On the year, Malcolm Brogdon is averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game and a team-high 1.1 steals per contest. Joe Harris is averaging 11.8 points per game, while Akil Mitchell is averaging a team-high 7 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers have a balanced attack on offense and they are led by their floor general, freshman London Perrantes, who is averaging a team-high 3.8 assists per game. Virginia averages 65.8 points per game while shooting 45.3% from the field as a team this season. The Cavaliers are a decent rebounding team, pulling down 35.5 boards per game as a team this season. Virginia has made it this far because of their defense, which allows an average of only 55.5 points per game, which is 1st in the country. Virginia has won 18 of their last 19 games overall and they have not allowed over 63 points in their last five contests.
Both of these teams coming in playing well and I think this will be the most competitive game of the Sweet 16. Virginia played in my opinion their best game of the year against Memphis on Sunday, while Michigan State looked a little sluggish down the stretch in their win over Harvard. I think Virginia has the talent and experience to take down Michigan State and I believe they will on Friday night.