Michigan State vs. Virginia - 3/22/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Cavaliers (30-3) at Michigan State Spartans (24-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Virginia Cavaliers play Sunday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Michigan State Spartans are coming off a win over Georgia and have won five of their last six. On the season, MSU is averaging 71.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 63.4 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Travis Trice is averaging 14.8 points and 5.2 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Branden Dawson is the third double-digit scorer and Matt Costello is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans have four players averaging at least 8.6 points, and they’re shooting 63.3 percent from the line and 38.6 percent from deep. Defensively, MSU is allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last six games.
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The Virginia Cavaliers have won five of their last seven and are coming off a win over Belmont. On the season, Virginia is averaging 65.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and is allowing 51.2 points on 36.6 percent shooting. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 13.9 points and 2.5 assists while Justin Anderson is averaging 12.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. Anthony Gill is the third double-digit scorer and Darion Atkins is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Virginia Cavaliers have five players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 72.3 percent from the line and 36.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Virginia is allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in nine of its last 10 games.
The Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games. The Cavaliers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss.
Once again, I take Tom Izzo and the free points just about anytime I can, especially in a tournament game. I think Virginia wins, but this game should come down to the wire and the points are likely going to come in handy.