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(22-13) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan State Spartans (29-6)
March Madness: East Region Round 2
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 2:45 PM ET
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Michigan State -10.5
CBB Betting Total: 142
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Minnesota Golden Gophers
Nobody liked Minnesota in the first round against Louisville. The Gophers were unimpressive in the Big Ten, especially at the end but got the benefit of the doubt from the committee.
As can happen, the Golden Gophers looked like a different team in their first game outside of conference play in many months. They seized control early against the Cardinals and never really lost it, winning by 10 points.
Minnesota hit 11 of its 27 3-point shots, which doesn’t sound like anything special but it was a team that barely cracked the top 300 in terms of 3-point percentage.
The bench played just 18 minutes, though. It’ll be a short turnaround for this game on Saturday against the kings of the Big Ten.
Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans didn’t look like the Kings of anything in Thursday’s narrow escape against Bradley. Michigan State trailed at the half and for many of the last 20 minutes before pulling away at the end to win by double-digits but come nowhere close to covering the 18-point spread.
MSU survived and advanced but it somehow feels like the Spartans have lost some of their momentum after finishing the regular season and conference tournament on such a strong note.
This, however, is a great matchup. Michigan State was on a season-worst three-game losing streak when it welcomed Minnesota in the two teams’ only meeting this season. The Gophers proved to be the best remedy for a losing streak. Michigan State won by 24 at the Breslin Center.
After shaking the jitters against Bradley, MSU should be in for a much more comfortable win in Round 2.
CBB Betting Trends:
- MINN are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Sat. games.
- Under is 8-3 in MINN last 11 Sat. games.
- Under is 9-4 in MINN last 13 vs. Big Ten.
- Over is 7-1 in MSU last 8 NCAA Tournament games.
- MSU are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sat. games.
- MSU are 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games overall.
- Under is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
Free Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Michigan State Spartans NCAAB Prediction: MSU gets to the next round.
This is just a great matchup for MSU, who must make Minnesota beat it from deep. I just don’t see the Gophers shooting well from out there two games in a row.
That said, the Spartans have offensive problems of their own. I see this one staying relatively close and finishing down in the 60s
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Gophers ATS
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 62 – Michigan State 69
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