Texas Tech vs. Michigan State
|Date & Time||Saturday April 6, 2019, 8:49 PM (EDT)|
U.S. Bank Stadium
The Line: Michigan State -3 -- Over/Under: 133
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in the Final Four of the college basketball NCAA Tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders hope to make their first national championship appearance in school history. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are averaging 73 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 59 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Jarrett Culver is averaging 18.9 points and 3.8 assists while Davide Moretti is averaging 11.6 points and 2.1 rebounds. Matt Mooney is the third double-digit scorer and Tariq Owens is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.2 rebounds per game. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have won eight of their last nine non-home games.
The Michigan State Spartans hope to return to the national championship for the first time since 2009. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 78.5 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Cassius Winston is averaging 18.8 points and 7.5 assists while Nick Ward is averaging 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. Xavier Tillman is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Kenny Goins is dishing 2.3 assists. The Michigan State Spartans are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Michigan State Spartans are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.9 rebounds per game. The Michigan State Spartans have won each of their last seven non-home games.
The Red Raiders are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 26-9 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Spartans last 6 overall. The under is 19-8 in Red Raiders last 27 neutral site games.
This is going to be a blood bath of a game when you consider the identity of both of these teams. Physical, aggressive and don't flinch a muscle. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have been underdogs for majority of this tournament, and all they've done is pressure, come away with double-digit steals and have held 14 of their last 18 opponents under 70 points. You can also make a strong case that Texas Tech will have the best player on the floor in this game in Jarrett Culver, who has played his way into the lottery conversation. This game could truly go either way, but you're going to want a free bucket or two in a game where easy points won't take place. The Michigan State Spartans have the pedigree and the coaching advantage, but Texas Tech is the one team that can match Michigan State's intensity and won't back down. Give me Texas Tech yet again in the underdog role.