Michigan State-Bradley Betting Odds: Spread, Analysis for 2019 NCAA Tournament

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Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Michigan State Spartans forward Xavier Tillman (23), forward Thomas Kithier (15).

#2 Michigan St. vs. #15 Bradley NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: Michigan St. -19
  • Over/Under: 131.5
  • Date: Thursday, March 21
  • Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa
  • TV: CBS

Michigan State’s Statistical Profile

Michigan State is extremely balanced on both ends of the court, ranking fourth in KenPom’s Adjusted Offensive Efficiency and ninth in Defensive Efficiency.

The Spartans rode that balance to a 16-4 conference record and two regular season wins over rival Michigan, the second-best team in the Big Ten according to KenPom’s Adjusted Efficiency Margin metric.

The teams met for a third time in Sunday’s Big Ten Conference title game, and, once again, the Spartans prevailed, topping the Wolverines, 65-60. — PJ Walsh

  • Record: 28-6
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 4
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 4
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 9
  • Tempo Rank: 183

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

Bradley’s Statistical Profile

Bradley earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by winning the Missouri Valley Conference championship with a comeback victory against Northern Iowa. The Braves were down 18 points in the second half but rallied to defeat the Panthers 57-54 sending the program back to the tournament for the first time since 2006.

The last time Bradley went dancing the Braves made a surprise run to the Sweet 16 upsetting No. 4 Kansas in the first round. Will this year’s squad make another Cinderella run? Doubtful.

The advanced metrics don’t look good for the MVC champ. Bradley ranks 166th overall in KenPom, 246th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 118th in adjusted defensive efficiency. — John Ewing

  • Record: 20-14
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 165
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 246
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 118
  • Tempo Rank: 298

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

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