Marquette vs Michigan State Prediction March Madness

Marquette vs Michigan State Prediction March Madness

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Preview

The second round of the NCAA tournament will feature a thrilling matchup between the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Michigan State Spartans. Marquette comes into the game as the No. 2 seed in the East region, with a record of 29-6 on the season, while Michigan State is the No. 7 seed, with a record of 20-12. The game will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, with tip-off scheduled for 2:15 PM ET on Sunday, March 19. The winner of this game will advance to the Sweet 16 and remain in contention for the national championship.

 

Marquette Golden Eagles

The Marquette Golden Eagles have had an impressive season so far, with a record of 29-6 overall and 17-3 in conference play. They finished as the top seed in the Big East conference and have been rewarded with a No. 2 seed in the East region of the NCAA tournament.

One of the keys to their success has been their excellent defense, which has held opponents to just 61 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the nation. They have been particularly strong at limiting opponents' three-point shooting, allowing just 29% from beyond the arc.

Offensively, the Golden Eagles have been led by guard Koby Jones, who is averaging 15.1 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field. They have also received strong contributions from forward Osasere Ighodaro, who is averaging 5.9 rebounds per game, and guard Tyler Kolek, who is dishing out 7.6 assists per game. 

 

Michigan State Spartans

The Michigan State Spartans had a more challenging regular season than their upcoming opponent, finishing with a record of 20-12 overall and 11-8 in Big Ten conference play. They enter the tournament as the No. 7 seed in the East region.

One of the keys to their success has been their balanced offense, which features five players averaging at least 8.5 points per game. Guard Tyson Walker has been their leading scorer, averaging 14.5 points per game, while forward Joey Hauser has been a force on the boards, pulling down 7.0 rebounds per game.

On the defensive end, the Spartans have struggled at times, allowing opponents to score an average of 62 points per game, which ranks 51st in the country.

 

Betting Trends

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan State's last 7 games.

Michigan State are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games.

Michigan State are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Big East conference.

The total has gone OVER in 9 of Michigan State's last 12 games played in March.

The total has gone OVER in 7 of Michigan State's last 8 games played on a Sunday.

Marquette are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Marquette's last 6 games.

Marquette are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games.

Marquette are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Big Ten conference.

Marquette are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games played in March.

 

Prediction

Despite Michigan State's balanced offense and Marquette's impressive defense, we predict that the Golden Eagles will come out on top in this game. The Golden Eagles have been the better team all season long, and we expect them to continue their dominance on both ends of the floor.

Michigan State has been inconsistent this season, and their defense may not be able to contain Marquette's potent offense, which averages nearly 80 points per game. Additionally, Marquette has been hot recently, winning their last 10 games, while Michigan State is just 5-5 in their last 10.

With a strong defense and potent offense, the Golden Eagles have the talent and momentum to win this game and continue their run in the NCAA tournament. Take Marquette.

 

PICK: Marquette ML (-125)

 

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