Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Bison vs Spartans CBB Odds
Looking for Bucknell Bison vs. Michigan State Spartans NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Bison taking on the Spartans on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Bucknell Michigan State matchup.
(25-9) Bucknell Bison vs. Michigan State Spartans (29-4)
Midwest Region: NCAA Tournament
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Spartans -14.5
CBB Betting Total: 148
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Bucknell has come thundering into the NCAA Tourney winning eight contests in a row. In their most recent outing they destroyed Colgate 83-54 to earn their 14 seed.
Their shooting has been on point as they have shot over 52% from the field in their last five outings. The defense has been playing just as well only giving up 62.6 PPG in that span.
They are a well-balanced squad that ranks 99th in offensive efficiency and 112th in defensive efficiency.
They may only have the 279th ranked strength of schedule, but they did manage to pencil in the 29th hardest out of conference schedule.
Bucknell is led by Seniors Forward Zach Thomas and Center Nana Foulland. Thomas is averaging 20.3 PPG and 9.1 RPG, while Foulland is averaging 15.4 PPG and 7.1 RPG.
Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State couldn’t get past Michigan in the Big 10 Tournament losing 64-75, where they only shot 38% from the field. The bright-side is they’ll have had 15 days worth of rest and preparation.
The shooting has been pretty inefficient in their last five games owning a 42.8% FG%. It is at least reassuring to see their defense isn’t slumping as they are only giving up 63.8 PPG in that span.
Like Bucknell, Michigan State is one of the most efficient teams ranking ninth in offensive efficiency and ninth in defensive efficiency.
They also played the 64th rated strength of schedule, but just the 303rd rated out of conference schedule.
Michigan State is led by Sophomores Guard Miles Bridges and Forward Nick Ward. Bridges is averaging 16.9 PPG and 6.9 RPG, and Ward is averaging 12.6 PPG and 7.2 RPG.
CBB Betting Trends:
- BUCK are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall.
- MSU are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- MSU are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.
- UNDER is 6-1 in MSU last 6 games overall.
Free Bucknell Bison vs. Michigan State Spartans NCAAB Prediction: Bucknell keeps it close until the end
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Bucknell +14.5
There is no denying Michigan State’s talent, but they just haven’t been clicking going 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10. Bucknell has gotten hot at the right time and have the length and experience to keep this matchup close. Take the double-digit points and the hotter team.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Michigan State 71 – Bucknell 64
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