Michigan State Spartans (20-12) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (29-6)
Game Info: Sunday, March 19, 2022 at 5:15 p.m. EST (Nationwide Arena)
Betting Odds: Marquette (-2.5) / Over/Under (140)
Pick: Marquette (-2.5)
Sunday brings us an alluring battle between two squads who are feeling good about their current form when the Michigan State Spartans meet up with the Marquette Golden Eagles inside the Nationwide Arena.
Michigan State is one of those squads that you never want to face in March. Tom Izzo is a seasoned Head Coach who seems to always have his team battling in the biggest games. In the First Round, the Spartans easily handled the USC Trojans, winning by 10 points. In that game, Senior forward, Joey Hauser led the scoring, filling it up from deep in an outing where he scored 17 points on only 9 shots. They pose a threat to any squad as they can beat you in several different facets. Being one of the more well-rounded squads in the country, they also have 3 players averaging 12+ points in Hauser, Tyson Walker, and A.J. Hoggard. This is a nightmare for opposing coaches when they are planning against the Spartans as it is hard to hone in on one single player in the film room.
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Marquette has somehow flown under the radar even though they have won 10 games in a row (6-4 ATS in that stretch). They may not play the flashiest brand of basketball, but they will compete for all 40 minutes, forcing you to bring your best if you are looking to take them down. The man to watch in this clash as I have been pointing out all year, is star guard, Tyler Kolek. You will find it hard to find another player in the country who can control a game with the ball in his hands like Kolek can. He only averages a modest 13.1 PTS, but it is the 7.6 AST that pops out most off the page. The scary part for other teams is that he is only technically a Sophomore, so I expect him to get severely better over the coming seasons. Partnering his game with leading scorer Kam Jones' unique play style, the Golden Eagles can go all the way if the dominoes can fall in their favor. Will they be able to extend their win streak to 11 games on Sunday night or will the Spartans stifle the Eagles?
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- The Golden Eagles are 3-0 ATS in their last 3 games
- Michigan State is 7-11 ATS coming off of a win
- Marquette is 4-1-1 ATS when playing at a neutral site
This line opened up with Marquette being favored by 3 points and has since dropped a 0.5 point. Furthermore, the Spartans are only getting 25% of the bets but are bringing in 60% of the money. This might suggest that Michigan State is the side to be on here, but I am going to tell you to do the opposite. Marquette has been a squad that I have been riding on all year and has delivered more times than not. This is their time to shine and show the country how dominant they truly are. Give me the Golden Eagles big time!
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