Middle Tennessee vs. Michigan State Pick
No. 2 Michigan State looks to begin another strong run in the NCAA Tournament today when it faces No. 15 Middle Tennessee at 2:45PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Michigan State is heavily favored in this game, as the Spartans are getting odds of -17.5 points against the Blue Raiders. The over/under total for the game has been set at 143 points. These two meet in the second round of the Midwest Region today from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Michigan State is 29-5 on the season, 8-0 on a neutral floor and 22-11 against the spread. Middle Tennessee is 24-9 overall, 5-0 on a neutral floor and 17-15 against the spread. The Blue Raiders won the Conference USA Tournament to get in while Michigan State was the Big Ten Tournament winner.
After covering the spread in 12 straight games, Michigan State has failed to do so in back-to-back games. However, those games were against Purdue and Maryland. The Spartans are 11-3 against the spread when a double-digit favorite this season and they also went 8-4 ATS in non-conference play. MSU also was 4-1 ATS last year in the Tournament and a team that tends to perform well in March. Middle Tennessee was just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage over .600. The Blue Raiders can be tough, but they haven’t faced a team with the ability that MSU has.
NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: MICHIGAN STATE -17.5