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Michigan State vs. Louisville - 3/29/15 Elite Eight Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Michigan State Spartans (26-11) at Louisville Cardinals (27-8)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Carrier Dome)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals +2 -- Over/Under: 128.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Michigan State Spartans and Louisville Cardinals play Sunday in the NCAA Tournament.

The Michigan State Spartans have won seven of their last eight games and are coming off a win over Oklahoma. On the season, MSU is averaging 71.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting and is allowing 63 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Travis Trice is averaging 15.3 points and 5.1 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 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 62.8 percent from the line and 38.6 percent from deep. Defensively, MSU is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in four of its last five games.

Michigan State vs. Louisville - 3/29/15 Elite Eight Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisville Cardinals have won seven of their last 10 and are coming off a win over North Carolina State. On the season, Louisville is averaging 68.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 59.4 points on 39 percent shooting. Terry Rozier is averaging 17.2 points and three assists while Montrezl Harrell is averaging 15.7 points and 9.2 rebounds. Wayne Blackshear is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Quentin Snider is dishing 1.3 assists. The Louisville Cardinals have four players averaging at least 4.1 points, and they’re shooting 66.7 percent from the line and 30.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Louisville is allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in five of its last seven games.

The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Cardinals are 26-10 ATS in their last 36 neutral site games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. 

Unlike Louisville, Michigan State is capable of putting the ball in the basket. The Spartans are the more balanced team here and have the coach who thrives come tournament time. It should be a good game, but I'd be somewhat surprised if the Spartans lost this one. 

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