Georgia Vs Michigan State NCAA Tournament Odds & ATS Pick

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Georgia Vs Michigan State NCAA Tournament Odds & ATS Pick

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has the seventh-seeded Spartans poised to make another run in the NCAA Tournament after a bumpy stretch in January.

”I don’t want to be thought of as a March coach,” he said Thursday. ”I get paid for all 12 months.”

”It’s not just about March to me, it’s about the process to get to March,” Izzo said. ”But when we get close to March, I think every living alum thinks March is the time when we excel, and I think in a way it presents a little pressure. But I think it’s one of the rare times it’s really, really good pressure.”

His teams have responded by winning at least one NCAA game for eight straight seasons, including last year’s trip to the Elite Eight.

The Spartans are 5.5-point favorites when they face, for the first time, the 10th-seeded Bulldogs of Georgia who is in the tourney for the first time since 2011.

”I think tournament experience is important, but our goal wasn’t just to get here,” Bulldogs coach Mark Fox said. ”Hopefully our team will have the poise to deal with the emotions of the event. It’s a bigger event than they’re used to, and our poise and ability to deal with that’s going to be important. And those teams that have experience, that’s probably a slight advantage.”

Michigan State is 7-1 straight up and 6-2 against the spread in its last eight round-of-64 NCAA tournament games. On the other side, Georgia is 10-2-1 ATS in its last 13 games as a NCAA basketball betting underdog.

A Closer Look At The Georgia Bulldogs Vs Michigan State Spartans NCAA Tournament Odds & My Free ATS Pick

Matchup: (10) Georgia Bulldogs vs (7) Michigan State Spartans
Date: Mar. 20, 2015 
Start Time: 12:40 p.m. ET 
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Stadium: Time Warner Cable Arena
TV Info: truTV
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio:  Georgia Vs Michigan
Point Spread: Spartans -5.5

Georgia Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:

  • Marcus Thornton (F)
  • Nemanja Djurisic (F)
  • Kenny Paul Geno (F)
  • Charles Mann (G)
  • J.J. Frazier (G)

Michigan State Projected March Madness Starting Lineup:

  • Branden Dawson (F)
  • Gavin Schilling (F)
  • Travis Trice (G)
  • Denzel Valentine (G)
  • Lourawls Nairn Jr. (G)

Georgia closed the season with a 21-11 mark, 19-11-1 against the spread and 2-6 against teams that made the 2015 March Madness tournament. The Bulldogs average 68.3 points per game (151st), shooting 43.5% from the field (177th), with 12.6 assists per game (173rd), led by Senior forward Marcus Thornton(12.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.0 APG) and junior guard Kenny Gaines (11.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.7 APG). The Bulldogs defense allows 64.2 points per game (116th) and record 38.0 rebounds per game (24th).

"Michigan State understands winning; they are used to winning, give them credit for that. They’re a model program in many ways,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "They have great respect from all of us, and they’ve been here more than we have, and so their players have more experience, but we’ll have to make sure we’re mentally mature enough to handle the bigger stage.”

Michigan State finished the season with a 23-11 this season, 18-16 against the spread, and they played 15 teams who were also invited to the big dance, posting a 7-8 record in those games. The Spartans are led by Senior guard Travis Trice (14.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.4 APG) and junior guard Denzel Valentine (14.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 4.2 APG). Michigan State scores 71.9 points per game (67th), shooting 47.1% from the field (32nd) and recording 17.1 assists per game (4th). Their defense allows 63.4 points per game (95th) and grabs 37.7 rebounds per game (36th).

"I’m kind of looking forward to seeing if this team can get back off the mat, because this could be a hangover that KOs them," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said about his team loss in overtime against Wisconsin in the Big 10 tournament.

The Bulldogs are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss, 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.

The Spartans are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games following a SU loss, 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games as a favorite, and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.

NCAA Tournament Free ATS Pick: Georgia 63-66 Michigan State.