Michigan State vs. Oklahoma - 3/27/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan State Spartans (25-11) at Oklahoma Sooners (24-10)
College Basketball: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:07 pm (Carrier Dome)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners +2 -- Over/Under: 135.5 See the Latest Odds
The Michigan State Spartans and Oklahoma Sooners meet Friday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Michigan State Spartans have won six of their last seven and are coming off a win over Virginia. On the season, MSU is averaging 71.5 points on 47 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Travis Trice is averaging 15 points and 5.1 assists while Denzel Valentine is averaging 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. Branden Dawson is the third double-digit scorer and Bryn Forbes is dishing one assist. The Michigan State Spartans have five players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 63 percent from the line and 38.8 percent from deep. Defensively, MSU is allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of its last seven games.
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The Oklahoma Sooners have won four of their last five and are coming off a win over Dayton. On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 71.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 38.6 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 17.3 points and 5.4 rebounds while Isaiah Cousins is averaging 11.9 points and 2.2 assists. TaShawn Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Ryan Spangler is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Oklahoma Sooners have five players averaging at least 9.3 points, and they’re shooting 73.8 percent from the line and 34.6 percent from deep. Defensively, OU is allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four straight games.
The Spartans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Sooners are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Once again, you don't pick against Tom Izzo and free points or small chalk when it comes to tournament games. Look for Michigan State to get the job done here, as the Spartans are the more balanced team and has one of the best tournament coaches ever on their side.