UCLA at Michigan State 3/18/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Michigan State Spartans (15-12) vs UCLA Bruins (17-9)
Game Info: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 9:57 pm (Mackey Arena)
Betting Odds: Michigan State Spartans -1.5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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UCLA faces Michigan State on Thursday, March 18th at Mackey Arena for the First Four #11 seed matchup in the NCAA Tournament.
UCLA and Michigan State are apart of the "last four in" in this year's NCAA Tournament. The two teams will meet this Thursday to decide which team goes to the Round of 64, and which team's season ends.
UCLA had a very solid season out of the PAC-12 this year, posting a 17-9 record overall. UCLA started its season with a loss to San Diego State but quickly rebounded for five straight wins which included victories over Marquette, Cal, and Pepperdine. UCLA's most impressive win this season has to be its win over Colorado at home on January 2nd. UCLA's worst loss this year was a road loss to Washington State, which is not too shabby at all. UCLA's leading scorer this season was G Jonny Juzang, who scored 14.0 points per game for the Bruins. UCLA as a team scored 72.8 points per game, earned 35.0 rebounds per game, and allowed 68.5 points per game to its opposition.
Michigan State was a team that was not on many people's radars a couple of months ago, but a few impressive wins later and now Tom Izzo's Spartans are dancing yet again. Michigan State has one of the least impressive records in the tourney at 15-12. Michigan State's best win of the season can be one of a few, such as the win over Michigan, Illinois, or Ohio State. If it were not for those high-profile victories, Michigan State would not be here, but you have to give the Spartans credit for pulling off those three major upsets. Michigan State's worst loss of the season was a road loss to Northwestern on December 20th. Michigan State's leading scorer so far this season has been F Aaron Henry, who scored 15.3 points per game for the Spartans. As a team, Michigan State has scored 69.0 points per game, has earned 37.6 rebounds per game, and has allowed 70.6 points per game to its opponents as well.
UCLA finished the season with a 12-14-0 record against the spread, while Michigan State was one of the worst cover teams in the country at 9-18-0.
Michigan State opens as a 1.5-point favorite and the total is set at 136. This should be a great game between two different styles, but I have to go with Michigan State here. Izzo has the major coaching advantage in my opinion and Michigan State is the hotter team as well. UCLA is on a four-game losing streak and I think the Spartans make it five.