College Basketball: Men’s Championship Midwest Region
2nd Round MSU vs. KU
#9 Michigan State Spartans (20-14) at #1 Kansas Jayhawks (29-4)
March 19, 2017- 5:15 PM ET (TV CBS) Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, OK
Saturday 2nd Round action proved to be an exciting day for U.S. sportsbooks everywhere with some mild upsets, so what will Day 2 bring us in the way of upsets as we tip it off with the No. 9 seed Michigan State Spartans seeking to knock off the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks when both teams clash in Tulsa in a matchup that has the following betting lines from our best sportsbooks;
Best Spartans Lines: BetOnline Spread (+8) ML +300
Best Jayhawks Lines: MyBookie Spread (-8) ML -390
Over/Under: 5Dimes 148.0
Despite the poor record of the Spartans (20-14) during the regular season, head coach Tom Izzo has his team believing they can make their way to the Final Four. Come Sunday at the Bank of Oklahoma Center, Izzo and his boys will take the next step to punch their ticket to next week’s Sweet 16, but to get there must first find a way to dethrone a Kansas team that many have pegged on their radar to be there at the end.
For Kansas head coach Bill Self, he saw his Midwest top seed have an easy time in their opener with a 100-62 thrashing over UC Davis on Friday, but now that the easy part is over, he must have his 29-4 Jayhawks ready to battle a team much similar to them.
Most years would have the Spartans penciled in as a Final Four team but as they are loaded with freshman, the task of getting there this time around is a whole lot tougher with the gauntlet of talent they have to get through.
In Friday’s opening matchup, it seemed bleak for the Spartans at first as they fell behind Miami by as many as 12 points but then caught fire to go into halftime with an 11-point lead. And it was a lead they would not relinquish as they dominated the Canes to the tune of a 78-58 victory.
The Spartans will pit three freshman starters against the much more experienced Jayhawks, who are led by senior Frank Mason III… but it’s their own freshman in Josh Jackson who could make the difference in this showdown?
If it’s one thing we learned, it’s never doubt a Tom Izzo coached team, but will they have enough talent to offset the Jayhawks? For sportsbetting purposes, MyBookie is favoring KU (-8) points over MSU with an over/under of 148.0 total game points scored from 5Dimes.
Izzo will have his team ready to battle, and though I like the Jayhawks in a straight-up win, I will favor the Spartans PLUS the points (+8) to cover the spread against Kansas as my betting pick.