March Madness Pick: UConn vs Michigan State

No. 7 Connecticut Huskies vs. No. 4 Michigan State Spartans

Date/Time: March 30, 2014, 2:20 p.m. EST


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The 2014 NCAA tournament is a familiar place for the two teams that meet on Sunday afternoon in the Elite Eight. The No. 7 Connecticut Huskies go up against the No. 4 Michigan State Spartans in the East Region with the winner advancing to the Final Four. This game will be played in historical Madison Square Garden as New York will be the perfect backdrop for this game.

Game Overview:

The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Spartans listed as (-5) point favorites. This is due to the coaching legend of Tom Izzo. Izzo is a great coach that becomes even better when his team is in the big dance.

The Huskies enter this game off a very impressive win. DeAndre Daniels scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half to lead UConn to an 81-76 victory over Iowa State on Friday night in the East Regional Semifinals of the NCAA Championship at Madison Square Garden before a crowd of 19,314, filled with mostly Huskies fans. The Huskies and the Spartans last meet in NCAA tournament play in the 2009 Final Four in Detroit as MSU topped UConn in the national semifinals. These teams have changed drastically since that meeting. The Huskies have been beating teams by sealing the game at the free throw line. UConn was 20 of 22 from the foul line in the win against the Cyclones and it was the second game in a row that they have hit at least 15 straight free throws in a game.

The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the Huskies are the team that have the more favorable wagering angles in this pivotal game. The Huskies are 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games when going up against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when they play against a team with a winning straight up record, and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games. The Spartans are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall, but they are also 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.

The Huskies are playing great basketball right now and they have been automatic from the free throw line. If this game gets close, the Huskies will be able to pull away and win the game as they go to the Final Four!

Free Pick: Connecticut Huskies +5

Cole Ryan

Cole Ryan

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