Connecticut Huskies vs. Michigan State Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/30/14
Connecticut Huskies (29-8) at Michigan State Spartans (29-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -5.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 See the Latest Odds
The Connecticut Huskies play the Michigan State Spartans on Sunday in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
UConn defeated Iowa State 81-76 on Friday night to advance to the Elite Eight on Sunday afternoon. On the season, Shabazz Napier leads the Huskies in almost every statistical category, averaging 17.8 points and 4.9 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game, which are all team-highs. DeAndre Daniels is averaging a second-best 12.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Huskies. Ryan Boatright is averaging 11.9 points per game along with 3.5 assists and rebounds per game. UConn is averaging 71.9 points per game while shooting 44.8% from the field this season. The Huskies are a decent rebounding team, averaging 35.4 boards per game. Defensively, UConn ranks 37th in points allowed this season, allowing 63.7 points per game on average this season. The Huskies are a tough team to go against near the basket, averaging 6.2 blocks per game as a team, which ranks 8th in the country. UConn has won eight of their last ten, losing only to Louisville twice in the last month.
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Michigan State beat Virginia 61-59 on Friday night to advance to the Elite Eight on Sunday. 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 six straight games including a win over Michigan in the Big Ten Championship.
I think this will be a great game with two teams that are clicking on all cylinders right now. Michigan State has more talent and a better coach in my opinion and I think they will get the win to earn a spot in the Final Four. However, I think this game will be decided in the final minutes so I’m going to take the points with Connecticut, something that has paid off well over the past couple weeks.