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Connecticut Huskies vs. Michigan State Spartans - 3/30/14 East Region

Michigan State Spartans (29-8) vs. Connecticut Huskies (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 and Michigan State Spartans will play Sunday afternoon for a spot in the NCAA tournament Final Four.  

Connecticut has made it to the Elite Eight by knocking off St. Joseph’s, Villanova and Iowa State. On the season, UConn averages 72.7 points on 45 percent shooting and allows 64 points on 39.2 percent shooting. While the defense has done its job throughout the year and averages 6.2 blocks per contest, Connecticut goes as far as senior guard Shabazz Napier carries the Huskies. Napier averages 17.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists for UConn. However, the Huskies have received a tremendous boost from DeAndre Daniels lately, as he scored 27 points in the win over the Cyclones. UConn is 20-15 ATS overall this season.

Connecticut Huskies vs. Michigan State Spartans - 3/30/14 East Region

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The Michigan State Spartans beat up Delaware, Harvard and Virginia to make it to this point. On the season, Michigan State averages 76.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allows 65.7 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Michigan State is a tall and lengthy team that averages 37 rebounds per game and is led by Adreian Payne, who averages 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Michigan State, a team that has scored at least 80 points in three of its last five games, is 23-2 SU this season when scoring at least 70 points. The Michigan State Spartans are 20-13-3 ATS overall this season.  

The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Spartans are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games. 

While I know everybody and their mother is going to be on Michigan State, I just can’t bring myself to do it at this number, especially knowing that it’s probably going to go up throughout the day. Napier seems to be on a mission and is getting timely performances from his teammates. Not to mention UConn is right at home with the game being played in the Garden.

I give the Huskies a slight chance to win this game SU, but I’ll gladly take all of the points I can get. 

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