Davidson Wildcats (27-6) vs. Michigan State Spartans (22-12)
March 18, 2022 9:40 pm EDT
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -1.5 / Davidson Wildcats +1.5; Over/Under: +152
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The Michigan State Spartans and Davidson Wildcats meet Friday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament First Round at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The Davidson Wildcats look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Michigan State Spartans look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The Davidson Wildcats are averaging 75.8 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Foster Loyer is averaging 16.6 points and 3.2 rebounds, while Hyunjung Lee is averaging 16.3 points and 1.9 assists. Luka Brajkovic is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Jones is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Davidson Wildcats are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Davidson Wildcats are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game.
The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 72.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Gabe Brown is averaging 11.4 points and 1.1 assists, while Max Christie is averaging 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Marcus Bingham Jr. is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Malik Hall is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 neutral site games. The over is 5-1 in Spartans last 6 overall.
The Davidson Wildcats have the scorers to pull off an upset or two as long as shots are falling, but there have been questions defensively with this group, and they don’t play many physical teams like MSU in the A10. The Michigan State Spartans are the best team they’ve had in program history, but they do get after it defensively, they crash the glass, and they can ugly a game up to victory. I need more points to consider Davidson. Give me Sparty and the small chalk.