Georgia vs. Michigan State - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia Bulldogs (21-11) at Michigan State Spartans (23-11)
College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12:40 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -5.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5 See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans play Friday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Georgia Bulldogs were the fifth-best SEC team and have won five of their last seven. On the season, Georgia is averaging 68.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting is allowing 64.2 points on 38.7 percent shooting. Marcus Thornton is averaging 12.3 points and 7.2 rebounds while Kenny Gaines is averaging 11.2 points and 3.5 rebounds. Nemanja Djurisic is grabbing five rebounds and Charles Mann is dishing 3.7 assists. The Georgia Bulldogs have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 34.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Georgia is allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in four of its last five games.
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The Michigan State Spartans were the third-best Big Ten team and has won four of their last five. On the season, MSU is averaging 71.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting and is allowing 63.4 points on 40 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 Bryn Forbes is shooting 45 percent. 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 more points in five of its last seven games.
The Bulldogs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.
Michigan State is a well balanced team that could really bust some brackets this March. Georgia played eight tournament teams and lost six of them, including a recent beatdown by Arkansas. Look for the Spartans to roll here.