Michigan State Spartans Vs Duke Blue Devils Final Four Odds & Final Score Prediction

Michigan State Vs Duke Final Four Odds & Final Score Prediction

The first Final Four tilt of the 2015 NCAA Tourney betting season will feature Coach Izzo vs Coack K when the Michigan State Spartans take on the 5-point favorite Duke Blue Devils with the winner facing either Kentucky or Wisconsin.

Duke has bested Michigan State with an 8-1 record in head-to-head play, including an 81-71 victory at the Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Spartans’ second game of the season.

The lone win for team Izzo came in the NCAA Tournament — a 78-68 victory in the Sweet 16 in 2005 when Duke was the No. 1 seed and Michigan State was a No. 5. The Spartans followed that with a win over No. 2 Kentucky to earn a spot in the Final Four.

“Mike and I have had a lot of battles,” Izzo said before the outcome of the Duke-Gonzaga game was known. “He’s really going to enjoy it because he’s won, I think, nine of them, and I think I’ve won one. So that’s tough.”

The last time Duke and Michigan State played in the Final Four, the Blue Devils beat the Spartans, 68-62, in 1999. The teams met in the Sweet 16 in 2013 with Duke pulling out a 71-61 victory.

But the Spartans have been knocking off higher seeded teams for the past three games, beating No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Louisville.

Analyzing The Michigan State Spartans Vs Duke Blue Devils Final Four Odds & My Final Score Prediction

Matchup: (7) Michigan State Spartans vs (1) Duke Blue Devils
Date: Apr. 4 2015 
Start Time: 6:09 p.m. ET 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
TV Info: TBS
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Michigan State Vs Duke
Point Spread: Blue Devils -5
Game Total: 139

Michigan State Will Cover the 5-point Spread If

The Spartans’ defense can hold Duke to under 40% shooting from the field.

The reason that Tom Izzo and Michigan State are in the Final Four this season is because they play defense as well as any team in the nation. The Spartans have been absolutely phenomenal defensively during the NCAA Tournament.

Georgia shot only 33.3% from the field and 28.6% from three versus the Spartans in the first round. In the second round, Michigan State held Virginia to 29.8%from the field and 11.8% from the arc. Michigan State kept Oklahoma to 36.4% from the field and 23.5% from three in the Sweet 16. In the 76 to 70 victory over Louisville in the Elite Eight, Michigan State kept the Cardinals to 35.9% from the field and 36.4% from three. Duke averages 50.2% from the field and 39% from three. If Michigan State hopes to cover the spread versus the Blue Devils in the Final Four, they will need to hold Duke to less than 40% from the field.

Michigan State’s Final Four Projected Starting Line Up

  • G Travis Trice, 6-0, Sr., 14.8 ppg, 5.4 apg
  • G Tum Tum Nairn, 5-10, Fr., 2.2 ppg, 2.6 apg
  • F Denzel Valentine, 6-5, Jr., 14.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg
  • F Branden Dawson, 6-6, Sr., 11.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg
  • C Gavin Schilling, 6-9, So., 5.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
  • Coach: Tom Izzo (20th season)

Duke Will Cover the 5-point Spread If

The Blue Devils D can shutdown a Spartans run in the 2nd half.

The Blue Devils looked great when beating Gonzaga 66 to 52 to secure yet another Final Four berth for Coach K. Duke only shot 37.5% from the field but they made the stops at the right time, and Gonzaga shot itself in the foot in the second half, for the Blue Devils to secure an Elite Eight victory.

Versus Michigan State, Duke is going to have to be excellent in both halves. The Spartans have shown the ability to be better in the second half in every single game in the tournament. This was evident in their overtime win versus Louisville where the Spartans outscored the Cardinals 33 to 25 in the second half and 11 to 5 in overtime. If Duke hopes to cover the spread versus Michigan State, the Blue Devils are going to have to be ready for Michigan State’s patented second half run. They’re going to have to squash it before it gets started. If the Blue Devils don’t, Duke could be watching the National Championship from home on Monday night.

Duke Blue Devils Projected Final Four Starting Lineup

  • G Tyus Jones, 6-1, Fr., 11.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg
  • G Quinn Cook, 6-2, Sr., 15.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
  • G Matt Jones, 6-5, So., 6.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg
  • F Justise Winslow, 6-6, Fr., 12.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg
  • C Jahlil Okafor, 6-11, Fr., 17.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg
  • Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (35th year)

Final Four Betting Prediction – Duke Blue Devils 69, Michigan State Spartans 62

Kentucky vs Wisconsin Final Four Odds & Final Score Prediction

Kentucky vs Wisconsin Final Four Odds & Final Score Prediction

The Kentucky Wildcats are two wins away from making history as the only 40-game winning Men’s NCAA Tourney champion. Standing in their way are Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, and the 5-point underdog Wisconsin Badgers.

UK no longer looks like the invincible Wildcats that tore apart UVA a few short days ago. John Calipari’s squad showed vulnerability in their 68-66 Elite Eight victory over Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish took UK to the final possession of the game and had the lead for much of the second half.

The Badgers are gunning for their first national championship since 1941 and a win over UK in the Final Four would mean a possible rematch with Duke, which left Madison with a 80-70 win on Dec. 3. 

An In-Depth Look At The Kentucky Wildcats vs Wisconsin Badgers Final Four Odds & My Final Score Prediction

Matchup: (1) Wisconsin Badgers vs (1) Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Apr. 4 2015 
Start Time: 8:49 p.m. ET 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
TV Info: TBS
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Wisconsin Vs Kentucky
Point Spread: Blue Wildcats -5
Game Total: 131

Kentucky Will Cover the 5-point Spread If

The Wildcats play D.

Kentucky got lucky versus Notre Dame in the Elite Eight. Notre Dame had the lead late in the game, but somehow, someway, Kentucky pulled out a 68 to 66 win. The Wildcats shot a terrific 53.2% from the field and 50% from the three-point line.

Notre Dame didn’t shoot all that well from the three-point line. They made only 4 of 22 shots for 28.6%. But the Irish was deadly from the field. Notre Dame made 26 of 56 shots for 46.4%. Versus Wisconsin, Kentucky is going to have to pay attention to the Badgers’ perimeter shooting, in particular the three-point shot, because Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky can actually move out of the paint and hit threes. If Kentucky doesn’t defend the three as well as they did versus Notre Dame, they won’t cover the spread against Wisconsin.  

Kentucky Wildcats’ Final Four Projected Starting Lineup:

  • G Aaron Harrison, 6-6, So., 11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
  • G Andrew Harrison, 6-6, So., 9.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.7 apg
  • F Trey Lyles, 6-10, Fr., 8.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg
  • F Karl-Anthony Towns, 6-11, Fr., 9.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg
  • C Willie Cauley-Stein, 7-0, Jr., 9.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg
  • Coach: John Calipari (sixth season)

Wisconsin Will Cover the 5-point Spread If

The Badgers stay hot from 3-point land.

Arizona had a 33 to 30 lead over Wisconsin going into the second half. The Badgers dominated the Wildcats in the second half by outscoring Arizona 55 to 45 in the for an 85 to 78 win. Wisconsin built a lead over Arizona by hitting almost every single one of their 3 point attempts in the second half.

The Badgers went 12 out of 18 from three for 66.7%. It was an onslaught of three-point shooting that put the nail into the Tucson Wildcats’ coffin. If Wisconsin is to have any shot of covering the spread versus Kentucky in the Final Four, they’re going to have to be almost as good from three versus Kentucky as they were from three versus Arizona. Wisconsin has a decent inside presence with Frank Kaminsky, but Kaminsky can also make three-point shots. He’s going to have to really step it up from the perimeter against Kentucky. The Wildcats defense could have some trouble versus Wisconsin if the Badgers are hitting their three pointers.

Wisconsin Badgers’ Final Four Projected Starting Lineup:

  • G Bronson Koenig, 6-2, So., 7.8 ppg, 2.2 apg
  • G Josh Gasser, 6-3, Sr., 7.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
  • F Sam Dekker, 6-9, Jr.., 13.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg
  • F Nigel Hayes, 6-7, So., 12.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg
  • C Frank Kaminsky, 7-0, Sr., 18.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg
  • Coach: Bo Ryan (14th season)

Final Four Betting Prediction – Wisconsin Badgers 76, Kentucky Wildcats 74
 

Final Four Odds To Win The 2015 Men's NCAA Tournament

Final Four Odds To Win The 2015 Men’s NCAA Tournament

Final Four? Not this year! Call it the Familiar Four.

We started with 68 teams, from Northern Florida to Eastern Washington and now just four remain. Probably four of the best teams to survive in any recent quest for the Men’s NCAA Tournament Championship. Click here live odds 2015 NCAA Tourney Odds.

All four of this year’s surviving teams have already made Final Four appearances in this short decade, and two have won a championship in that time. Three of the four were No. 1 seeds and favored to make it this far.

Final Four Odds To Win The 2015 Men’s NCAA Tournament

Kentucky -150

The Wildcats were desperate to beat Notre Dame in the Elite Eight. In fact, based on how the win went down, Kentucky probably should have lost that game. But, here the favorites are, in the Final Four to battle Wisconsin in the semifinals. The odds are awfully short for a team that held the hot shooting Notre Dame Irish to 28.6% from the three-point line and still only beat Notre Dame by 2 points, 68 to 66.

Kentucky will have to get past Wisconsin, who shot 66.7% from three and 55.6% from the field against Arizona in the Elite Eight, or Michigan State or Duke to win the championship. That’s not likely to happen.

Duke +275

The Blue Devils looked phenomenal when beating Gonzaga 66 to 52 in the Elite Eight. Duke shot 37.5% from the field. But they hit 8 of 19 three point attempts and, most surprisingly, they committed only 2 turnovers. They forced Gonzaga into 13 turnovers.

Duke proved that they could win a slugfest against what appeared to be a better defensive team on paper than they are. That should give the Dookies confidence going into their Final Four matchup with Michigan State. The odds are shorter than what you can get on Wisconsin and Michigan State, but if you don’t feel that Kentucky will win the title, you might want to put a few bucks on all of the other teams in the Final Four.

Wisconsin +400

Basketball handicappers should jump all over the Badgers at those odds. Wisconsin showed that they could dominate a very good defensive team in Arizona in the Elite Eight. They should be able to have a ton of success either from the field, like Notre Dame did, or from behind the arc against Kentucky.

Wisconsin’s ability to play at any pace, and Coach Bo Ryan’s half time adjustments, should lead to a Badgers’ victory over Kentucky in the semifinal contest. Wisconsin can beat either Duke or Michigan State in the National Championship on Monday.

Michigan State +650

Talk about halftime adjustments. Michigan State was down by 8 points, 32 to 40, to Louisville in the Elite Eight at halftime. After a few Tom Izzo adjustments and more spirited play from the Travis “Don’t Call Me Shabazz Napier” Trice, the Spartans tied the Cardinals in regulation. They outscored Louisville 11 to 5 in overtime for the 76 to 70 win.

Michigan State has a good shot of beating Duke and then beating either Wisconsin or Kentucky in the National Championship. This team is too solid to not consider betting at +650.