Can Freshman Laden Spartans Shock Kansas?
The fans at BOK Center will see the young and gritty Michigan State Spartans battle the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 on Sunday. The freshman-laden Spartans are the No. 9 seed in the Midwest so college basketball fans get a battle between college basketball royalty in the second round.
Oddsmakers opened the Jayhawks as -8.5-point favorites versus the Spartans, while the game’s total opened at 147.5. The line has fell to Kansas being a 7.5-point favorite and the total has climbed to 148.5 at most sportsbooks.
In their last action, Kansas was a 100-62 winner in the first round against the UC-Davis Aggies. They covered the -22.5-point spread as favorites. Kansas is led by Frank Mason III. He had 22 points and eight assists in the Jayhawks first-round win. Mason is joined in the starting lineup by
Michigan State was a 78-58 winner in their opening round matchup against the Miami Hurricanes. They covered the +1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Spartans overcame an early 12-point deficit and stormed ahead of the Hurricanes by 11 points at halftime. Michigan State then kept their foot on the gas pedeal in the second half and refused to let Miami back in the contest.
Betting Odds Trends
|Michigan State Spartans (20-14 SU,18-15 ATS)|
|Michigan State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Michigan State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Kansas|
|Michigan State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan State’s last 5 games when playing Kansas|
|Kansas Jayhawks (29-4 SU,12-18-1 ATS)|
|Kansas is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Kansas is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas’s last 6 games|
|Kansas is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Michigan State|
|Kansas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Michigan State|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas’s last 5 games when playing Michigan State|
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