The second round of the NCAA tournament features the Michigan State Spartans, seeded seventh in the East Region, facing the Marquette Golden Eagles, seeded second. Michigan State plays at TBD ET on Sunday, March 19 in Columbus, Ohio, with coverage on TBD. Current odds for this college basketball showdown have Michigan State as spread underdogs and moneyline underdogs, with an over/under of . Here, we’ll take a look at this game as part of a wider snapshot of Michigan State March Madness odds.
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Why Michigan State Can Cover The Spread
Defense and rebounding. Those are the two clear edges the Spartans have here. Marquette rates way down at 308th in rebounding rate, while the Spartans sit at 66th. And while Marquette defends marvelously as a team, with on-a-string movement, opponents convert from the field at an above-average rate against them. The key for Michigan State will be avoiding turnovers. Marquette excels there, while Michigan State has pretty solid ball security in their slower-tempo attack. Keeping things calm and collected will go a long way toward Michigan State covering and potentially winning this game.
Why Marquette Can Cover The Spread
Offense and turnovers. Marquette has the 12th-rated offense in terms of points per possession, and both KenPom (fifth) and ShotQuality (14th) are also quite high on them. Michigan State, meanwhile, has an incredibly awful “rim and 3” rate that ranks 360th (!). They still converted on an above-average rate in terms of points per possession, but if this turns into more of a wide-open style of game, they’re going to have a tough time keeping up with Marquette’s more efficient shot profile.
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Can Michigan State drag this game into the Big Ten-style mud and keep Marquette from getting out on the break? That’s the big question here because Marquette runs at an above-average frequency and converts at an elite rate in transition (20th in eFG%). Michigan State would seem to have the ingredients here. They rarely turn the ball over. They don’t offensive rebound very much, meaning they shouldn’t allow much transition after misses. And they generally keep the pace slow themselves. This looks like a close matchup where Marquette should have a tough time covering -3.5.