Michigan State Spartans vs. Harvard Crimson - 3/22/14 East Region
Harvard Crimson (27-4) at Michigan State Spartans (27-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm (Spokane Arena)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -7.5 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds
The Harvard Crimson will look to shock more folks when they take on the Michigan State Spartans in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Harvard pulled off an upset in the second round with a 61-57 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats. In the win, Harvard had three starters score in double figures, while the Crimson held the Bearcats to 36.8 percent shooting. On the season, Harvard averages 73 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allows 61.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting. The Crimson average 34.2 rebounds, while shooting 72.1 percent from the free throw line and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Harvard has held six of its last eight opponents under 60 points. The Harvard Crimson are 17-8 ATS overall.
Michigan State won its first tournament matchup with a 93-78 win over the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. In the win, the Spartans made 10 threes and grabbed 42 rebounds. On the season, Michigan State averages 76.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allows 65.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting. The Spartans are one of the better rebounding teams in the country at 37 boards per game and have held four of their last seven opponents under 70 points. Michigan State shoots 69.9 percent from the free throw line and 40.2 percent from three. The Michigan State Spartans are 20-11-3 ATS overall.
The Crimson are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games. The Spartans are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Harvard is an experienced and disciplined basketball team that plays terrific defense. The Crimson have also beaten some tough competition this season such as Connecticut and Cincinnati. While I’m not sure Harvard can win SU, it certainly has what it takes to keep this game close.
Take the Crimson and the points.