Michigan State vs. Minnesota Betting Guide: Can Familiarity Help Golden Gophers in Round 2?

Mar 23, 2019 07:25 PM EDT
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USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5), Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Jordan Murphy (3).

#2 Michigan State vs. #10 Minnesota NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: Michigan State -10
  • Over/Under: 142
  • Date: Saturday, March 23
  • Time: 7:45 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS
  • Location: Hartford, CT

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Michigan State (29-6) is coming off a huge opening round scare to No. 15-seeded Bradley, escaping with a 76-65 win. The Spartans did not cover that game but are still 23-11 against the spread including 9-6 on the road.

Minnesota (22-13) was a surprise winner over Louisville, 86-76. The Golden Gophers won the game outright despite being a five-point underdog. They moved to 18-15 this season ATS.

Are the Spartans Wearing Down?

Michigan State has been battling injuries all season long. Guard Cassius Winston (18.9 ppg, 7.5 apg) has been fantastic but is still battling knee tendinitis and a toe injury.

Forward Nick Ward (13.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg) has returned, but is not anywhere near his pre-injury efficiency. He has played less than 10 minutes per game on average over the last three games.

Against Bradley, the Spartans continued to have problems taking care of the basketball. The Braves forced 18 turnovers, and held the Spartans to just 26.3% from beyond the arc.

Bradley was able to disrupt the Spartans offense and force them out of their comfort zone. On the season, Michigan State shoots 38.1% from deep.

Can Minnesota Stay Hot? 

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