Michigan State Spartans vs. Miami Hurricanes, NCAA March Madness Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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19-14 March 17, 9:20 PM | BOK Center 21-11
Michigan St vs Miami-Florida, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 9:20 PM ET, Friday, March 17, 2017
Where: BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
TV: 9:20 p.m. ET, TNT

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 17th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Bok Center – Tulsa, OK

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
839 –Michigan State Spartans +2 -115 +110 Ov 126 -110
840 –Miami Hurricanes -2 -105 -130 Un 126 -110

The fans at BOK Center will be treated to a game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Miami Hurricanes when they take their seats on Friday.

ABOUT MIAMI (21-11): Coach Jim Larranaga is hoping his team will show some more passion for winning than they did in the ACC tournament loss to North Carolina, with the Hurricanes getting outhustled and outplayed by the Tar Heels from the start. Larranaga had his share of success in the NCAAs, taking George Mason to the Final Four in 2006 (including a first-round win over the Spartans), so he can certainly motivate a team. But Miami must play with much more passion against a Michigan State team that is hungry to make up for last year’s first-round loss or it could be a short stay in the Big Dance.

ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (19-14): A young lineup is giving Izzo fits this season, especially with the team’s penchant for turnovers, as Michigan State ranked next-to-last in the Big Ten in turnover margin at minus-3.2. Against a solid defensive team like Miami, the Spartans are going to look to push the ball up the floor even more than they usually do, but if it only results in turnovers, it won’t help. Point guards Cassius Winston and Tum Tum Nairn must make good decisions in the open floor, getting Michigan State easy baskets or the Miami defense could be the difference in this matchup.

Oddsmakers currently have the Hurricanes listed as 2-point favorites versus the Spartans, while the game’s total is sitting at 126.

An intriguing 8-9 matchup in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament has No. 8 seed Miami of the Atlantic Coast Conference taking on No. 9 Michigan State of the Big Ten in a first-round game in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday. Both teams come in having lost three of their last four after losing in the quarterfinals of their respective conference tournaments, though the Spartans have a long history of tournament success under coach Tom Izzo.

Miami is one of the better defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 63.7 points per game, but the Hurricanes also struggle to score at times, failing to reach 65 points in their last six contests. Senior guard Davon Reed averages 15 points to lead the offensive attack, with nearly half his baskets coming from 3-point range, while guard Ja’Quan Newton adds 13.4 points. Michigan State had its share of growing pains as it relies on a quartet of freshmen, led by high-flying forward Miles Bridges, the team’s leading scorer (16.7 points) and rebounder (8.3 rebounds). Forward Nick Ward is an undersized force inside (13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds) at 6-8, though both Bridges and Ward must avoid foul trouble because the Spartans’ frontcourt has very little depth.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 78-53 loser as they battled Tar Heels on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +8.5-point underdog.

Michigan State was a 63-58 loser in its last match on the road against Golden Gophers. They failed to cover the +1.5-point spread as underdogs.

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Michigan State:
Team record: 19-14 SU,17-15 ATS
Michigan State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games

Team record: 21-11 SU,12-19 ATS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 5 games


1. Miami ranked last in the ACC in assists per game (11.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9).

2. Michigan State extended its Big Ten record with its 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.

3. Izzo has never had back-to-back teams lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans lost to Middle Tennessee State 90-81 in the first round last year.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Michigan State Spartans will cover the spread at +2 and the game will go over 126 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Michigan State 72, Miami 68 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

71.7 PTS FOR 69.4
68.4 PTS AGNST 63.7
3.4 DIFF. 5.7
27.2 DEF REBOUNDS 25.0
46.8 FG% 45.3
66.4 FT% 71.8
7.8 3 POINTERS 6.4
4.5 STEALS 6.4
No trends to report
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 5 games
Michigan State’s Overall Scoring vs Miami’s Overall Defense 71.7 213 63.7 25
Michigan State’s Away Scoring vs Miami’s Home Defense 64.8 298 61.6 29
Michigan State’s Road Rebounds vs Miami’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.3 203 32.4 87
Miami’s Overall Scoring vs Michigan State’s Overall Defense 69.4 263 68.4 82
Miami’s Home Scoring vs Michigan State’s Road Defense 72.1 263 72.8 129
Miami’s Home Rebounds vs Michigan State’s Road Rebounds Allowed 38.2 102 32.9 40

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