Red Raiders vs. Spartans Prediction
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have played stifling defense all season long and it has propelled them to the Final Four. Can the Michigan State Spartans solve that D tonight and advance to the national title game as the small favorites?
Saturday, April 6, 2019
U.S. Bank Stadium at 8:49PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Spartans are a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 132.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 57 percent of public bets are siding with Michigan State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Red Raiders upend Zags
Texas Tech defeated top-seeded Gonzaga by a count of 75-69 Saturday night to earn its first trip to the Final Four in program history. The Red Raiders (30-6) outscored the Bulldogs 40-32 in the second half after trailing by two at halftime. Texas Tech shot 25-of-57 from the floor, 9-of-23 from 3-point range plus 16-of-19 at the free throw line in the victory. Jarrett Culver paced the Red Raiders with 19 points on 5-of-19 shooting including 2-of-8 from 3-point range plus 7-of-8 at the charity stripe. He also tallied five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Matt Mooney accounted for 17 points, five dimes, three steals and two boards. Davide Moretti added 12 points, two caroms, two assists and two steals.
Spartans stun Blue Devils
Michigan State shocked the most hyped college basketball team this season in Duke Sunday night with a 68-67 victory. The Spartans were outscored 37-34 in a back-and-forth second half, but a late Kenny Goins 3-pointer put them on top for good. Michigan State shot 30-of-70 from the field, 6-of-19 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-6 at the free throw line in the win. Cassius Winston led the Spartans with 20 points on 9-of-23 shooting including 2-of-4 from 3-point land. He also notched 10 assists and four steals. Xaxier Tillman registered 19 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Goins added 10 points plus nine boards, two assists and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Red Raiders are 6-0 ATS in in their last six Saturday games. Texas Tech is 4-0 ATS in its last four non-conference games.
The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral site games. Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in its last four non-conference games.
Both teams are on a mission, but if the Spartans can take down mighty Duke they can beat just about anyone. I don't expect a letdown situation considering they have had five off days after the high of that victory. Michigan State is top 10 nationally in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, whereas Texas Tech is only 28th in adjusted offensive deficiency to go with its nation-best defense. I feel the Spartans are the more complete team and will take care of business in this one.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS -2.5