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(20-14) Bradley Braves vs. Michigan State Spartans (28-6)
March Madness: East Region Round 1
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 2:45 PM ET
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Michigan State -18
CBB Betting Total: 133.5
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Michigan State overcome more than one significant injury this season to win the Big Ten, both in the regular season and the conference tournament.
Bradley emerged in the Missouri Valley as a middling seed and is dancing for the first time since it knocked out Kansas in the first round way back in 2006.
Bradley was the 5-seed in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, which it ended up winning for the first time since 1988.
The Braves won three games in three days by a total of eight points. They beat Missouri State, the top-seeded Loyola-Chicago, and Northern Iowa in the championship game.
Bradley was down 18 in the championship game and went on a run, coming all the way back to win in regulation. It’s an extremely tough defensive team with limited offense, at least as far as talent goes.
The Braves run good offense and keep the ball moving. They also may not be as undersized as they would if Michigan State were fully healthy with Nick Ward playing big minutes.
Bradley will struggle to score on MSU but if it can frustrate the Spartans on the other end, there isn’t any reason this game shouldn’t be close in the second half.
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And simply keeping it close for as long as possible is the first ingredient in any upset.
Michigan State lost Joshua Langford for the year way back at the start of conference play; it lost Kyle Ahrens for stretches of the season and never really got him back; it lost Nick Ward, too, and is only just working the big center back into action.
But Tom Izzo has done a masterful job with what he has available, namely Cassius Winston and a band of role players. Matt McQuaid is no longer a streaky 3-point shooter, but a vital offensive player. Xavier Tillman has turned into a Draymond Green-type of undersized center that has his team playing high-energy all the time.
How many minutes will Nick Ward play? He came off the bench in the Big Ten Tournament for about 10 minutes per game. It’s great that his team doesn’t necessarily need him at the moment but he could be a difference-maker against an undersized Bradley team inside. With another week to get his conditioning up, I suspect he could be ready for 20 minutes, or more, in this one.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 24-8 in BRAD last 32 neutral site games.
- Under is 7-3 in BRAD last 10 vs. Big Ten.
- MSU are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 games overall.
- Under is 11-4 in MSU last 15 Thu. games.
- MSU are 43-18-1 ATS in their last 62 Thu. games.s
Free Bradley Braves vs. Michigan State Spartans NCAAB Prediction: Michigan State wins by 10.
I do think the injuries catch up with Sparty before the Final Four but this sure is a fun team to root for. I don’t think the Spartans beat themselves and that it’s going to take a legitimately talented team to beat them.
As gritty as Bradley is, it lacks some in the talent department. MSU stretches this one in the final quarter of the game to win by 10, which won’t be nearly enough to cover what is way too high of a number.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Bradley +18
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Bradley 61 – Michigan State 71
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