Davidson at Michigan State - 3/18/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Davidson at Michigan State - 3/18/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans (22-12) vs Davidson Wildcats (27-6)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 9:40 pm (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)

Betting Odds: Michigan State Spartans -1 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Michigan State Spartans will play the Davidson Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

The Michigan State Spartans are 22-12 (11-9) this season and have won three of their last four games. Michigan State is coming off of a loss against Purdue by a score of 75-70 in the Semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan State shot 43.5% from the field and was -8 in rebounding margin in the loss. AJ Hoggard led the Spartans with 17 points and 10 assists in the game. Michigan State is averaging 72.1 points per game and is giving up 68.4 points per game against, while also averaging 37.1 rebounds per game and 15.8 assists per game. Gabe Brown is averaging 11.4 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game, while Max Christie is averaging 9.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Spartans. Michigan State is shooting 45.7% on field goals, 74.7% on free throws, and 37.8% on three pointers.

The Davidson Wildcats are 27-6 (15-3) this season and have won two of their last three games. Davidson lost to Richmond by a score of 64-62 in the A-10 Tournament Final. Davidson shot 37.3% from the field and made 9 three pointers in the game. Sam Mennenga led the Wildcats with 18 points and 5 rebounds in the loss. Davidson is averaging 75.6 points per game and is giving up 65.8 points per game against, while also averaging 34.2 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game. Foster Loyer is averaging 16.3 points per game and 3.3 assists per game, while Hyunjung Lee is averaging 16 points per game and 6 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Davidson is shooting 48.1% on field goals, 75.7% on free throws, and 38.6% on three pointers.

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Davidson is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The over is 4-1 in Davidson’s last 5 Friday games. Michigan State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite. The over is 5-1 in Michigan State’s last 6 games.

This is going to be a very good game between two evenly matched teams. Michigan State had a good win against Wisconsin before losing by 5 to Purdue, while Davidson lost by two points in their Conference Tournament final. Michigan State should have the rebounding advantage, but they have played very inconsistent down the stretch. I actually like the under in this game as I think it will be played at a slower pace.

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