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Michigan State vs. Bucknell - 3/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bucknell Bison (25-9) at Michigan State Spartans (29-4)

College Basketball: Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:10 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

The Line: Michigan State Spartans -14.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSC

Friday NCAA college basketball action features the Michigan State Spartans battling the Bucknell Bison.

The Bucknell Bison were the kings of the Patriot League as they won the regular season crown and upended the Colgate Red Raiders 83-54 in the postseason championship game. This was never in doubt with Bucknell holding a 51.7%-32.7% shooting edge including a 13-28 effort on threes.

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Michigan State vs. Bucknell  - 3/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Stephen Brown topped the Bison attack with a contest high 22 points and six assists on 8-14 including 5-7 from deep followed by Nate Sestina with 16 points on 7-9. Nana Foulland gave Bucknell 12 points and eight boards while Zach Thomas hauled in 12 rebounds to go along with five points. 

The Michigan State Spartans have enjoyed a banner season at 29-4 although a 75-64 loss to the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten playoffs probably left a bad taste in their mouth. Michigan State was outshot 44.7%-38.1% with the Wolverines holding a 24-9 edge at the stripe. 

Miles Bridges was the top Spartans weapon with 17 points and seven rebounds before fouling out in 33 minutes while Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 points and seven boards. Michigan State saw Cassius Winston add eleven points and five helpers while Mat McQuaid chipped in with nine points.

Bucknell  are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall and over is 4-0 in Bucknell last 4 non-conference games. Michigan State  are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and Michigan State  are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. 

Michigan State is obviously the better team but Bucknell could compete with a lot of bigger names and that includes he Spartans. That means I’ll side with the points and the Bison…

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