Michigan State vs. Georgia NCAA Tournament - 3/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia Bulldogs (21-11) at Michigan State Spartans (23-11)
College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Georgia Bulldogs face off on Friday in Charlotte in a first round matchup of the East Region of the NCAA Tournament.
The Michigan State Spartans are 23-11 this season and lost in overtime of the Big Ten Conference Tournament which makes them a seven seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State is averaging 71.9 points and they are shooting 47.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.4 points and their opponents are shooting 47.1 percent. Travis Trice leads the Spartans averaging 15.1 points and 5.2 assists per game. Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, Branden Dawson is averaging 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds, and Bryn Forbes is averaging 8.6 points. Michigan State is 9-4 outside of the Big Ten and 4-3 in neutral site games.
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The Georgia Bulldogs are 21-11 this season and they lost in semi-finals of the SEC Conference Tournament which is good enough to make them a 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Georgia is averaging 68.3 points and they are shooting 43.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.2 points and their opponents are shooting 38.7 percent. Marcus Thornton leads the Bulldogs averaging 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Kenny Gaines is averaging 11.6 points, Nemanja Djurisic is averaging 11.1 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Charles Mann is averaging 10.9 points and 5.0 rebounds. Georgia is 9-3 outside of the SEC and 1-3 in neutral site games.
Michigan State is 20-6 against the spread following a loss, 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five NCAA Tournament games, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games. Georgia is 2-5-1 against the spread against the Big Ten, 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games.
This game looks like a nail biter and we are just going to be glad to be getting the points so I will take them