Date/Time: March 28, 2014, 9:57 p.m. EST
The 2014 NCAA tournament is down to the Sweet Sixteen and now is the time for the top teams to take to the court for the right to go to the Elite Eight and still have a chance to cut down the nets when the tournament is finished. When the No. 4 Michigan State Spartans tip off against the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers, it will be a battle of two teams that can easily win it all.
The oddsmakers are letting college basketball bettors realize just how close this game will be with the way that they have opened up this betting line. The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Spartans listed as (-2) point favorites. This is a very unique college basketball betting point spread considering that the Spartans are the favorites in this game although the Cavaliers have the higher seed. This is one example of how much that Vegas respects the Spartans.
If the Spartans hope to win this game, they will have to protect the basketball. Michigan State’s 25 turnovers against No. 13 seed Delaware and 12th-seeded Harvard is a cause for concern. The Cavaliers are a much more aggressive team on defense and have a knack for causing turnovers. The game plan by Spartans coach Tom Izzo will be the major difference in this game as two championship caliber teams clash.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the both of these teams have positive wagering angels in their favor for this game. The Spartans are 4-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games when they are playing against a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss against the spread. The Cavaliers are 11-1-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 14 games when they play a team with a winning percentage above .600, 15-4-2 ATS in their last 21 games when they play a team with a winning straight up record and 16-5-2 ATS in their last 23 games overall.
The Cavaliers are a very good team and play tremendous defense which has garnered them a top seed in the tournament. However the Spartans are peaking at the right time and they have a tremendous coaching advantage. The Spartans win this game and stay on a course for the championship.
Free Pick: Michigan State Spartans -2
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