Michigan State Vs Oklahoma Sweet Sixteen Betting Line & Final Score PredictionNoah Williams
The last two times a seventh-seed has taken on a third-seed in the NCAA tournament, the seventh seeds have won outright. Can the 2-point favorite Michigan State Spartans keep that Sweet Sixteen betting trends alive against the Oklahoma Sooners?
A Closer Look At The Michigan State Spartans Vs Oklahoma Sooners Sweet Sixteen Betting Line & My Final Score Prediction
Matchup: (7) Michigan State Spartans vs (3) Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Mar. 27, 2015
Start Time: 7:37 p.m. ET
Location: Syracuse, New York
Stadium: Carrier Dome
TV Info: TBS
Stream: March Madness Live
Radio: Michigan State Vs Oklahoma
Point Spread: Spartans -2
Game Total: 135.5
Michigan State’s Sweet Sixteen 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)
Oklahoma’s Sweet Sixteen Projected Starting Line Up
- G Jordan Woodard, 6-0, So., 9.0 ppg, 4.1 apg
- G Buddy Hield, 6-4, Jr., 17.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg
- G Isaiah Cousins, 6-4, Jr., 12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg
- F Ryan Spangler, 6-8, Jr., 10.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg
- F TaShawn Thomas, 6-8, Sr., 11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg
- Coach: Lon Kruger (fourth season)
Michigan State ended the season with a 23-11 record, going 18-16 against the spread, and beating the Georgia Bulldogs (70-63) and the Virginia Cavaliers (60-54), in their first two games of the 2015 March Madness tournament, while covering the spread both times. 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). MSU is averaging 71.9 points per game (67th), shooting 47.1% from the field (32nd) and recording 17.1 assists per game (4th). Their D is allowing 63.4 points per game (95th) and pulling down 37.7 rebounds per game (36th).
"We’re just not as talented as we’ve been, so we are always cheating to find a way to get an edge," Izzo said about his coaching moves against Virginia. "Coaches can tell you what to do, but when muscle memory tells you to do it another way … your focus has to be incredible. And that was incredible focus if you asked me."
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) March 24, 2015
Oklahoma closed the season with a 22-10 record during on the year, 15-15 against the spread and ran over the Albany Great Danes (69-60-66) and the Dayton Flyers (72-66) in their first two games in the NCAA Tourney, earning a 1-1 ATS record in those two contests. Junior guards Buddy Hield (17.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.8 APG) and Isaiah Cousins (12.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.2 APG) are the top two Sooners. Oklahoma averages 71.9 points per game (65th), 12.5 assists per game (182nd), while shooting 43.6% from the field (167th). OU defense allows 62.8 PPG (80th) while grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game (23rd).
"I thought we just took on some individual challenges a little bit within the team concept at that point," said Coach Lon Kruger after his team beat Dayton.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) March 25, 2015
The Spartans are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall, but 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.
The Sooners are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall, and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games as an underdog.