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Michigan State vs. Minnesota - 3/23/19 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota vs. Michigan State
Date & Time Saturday March 23, 2019, 7:45 PM (EDT)
Wells Fargo Arena (IA)
Des Moines, IA
The Line
Michigan State -11 / over-under: 142
TV Channel
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The Michigan State Spartans take on Big Ten rival the Minnesota Golden Gophers in second round NCAA college basketball.

The Michigan State Spartans rode a big second half to defeat the Bradley Braves 76-65 as a 17.5 point favorite to advance to round two.

Both teams sank shots in the 42% range with the Braves hitting nine long balls to stay competitive but the Spartans were a deadly 25-26 at the stripe to pull away late.

Cassius Winston carried Michigan State with a game high 26 points with three yanks and four helpers while Xavier Tillman netted 16 points and hauled in eleven rebounds.

The Spartans received ten points from Matt McQuaid followed by Aaron Henry and Nick Ward with eight points each and eight boards.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers moved on to the second round of the NCAA tournament after upending the Louisville Cardinals 86-76 as a 5.5 point underdog.

Minnesota sank half their looks including eleven makes from long range to outdistance the 44.8% shooting Cardinals who connected on 9-26 from distance.

Gabe Kalscheur carried the Golden Gophers with a game high 24 points and eight rebounds with Jordan Murphy tossing in 18 points and snagging six boards.

Amir Coffey gave Minnesota another 18 points and four pulls followed by Daniel Oturu and Dupree McBrayer with 13 points apiece and a combined nine pulls and six assists.

Minnesota Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games following a ATS win and are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games.

Michigan State Spartans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up win and are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games overall and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games.

Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and under is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings and Minnesota Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

I watched both teams play in round one and in my opinion Minnesota should be confident as they played well from start to finish. Michigan State did not play as capable despite the outcome and I would take a shot with the points…

Minnesota +11

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