Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday February 26th, 2015. At 7:00 PM EST on the Big-Ten Television Network.
The (16-12) Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big-Ten Conference makes the trip from the “TWIN CITIES” to the Wolverine State. Minnesota will play the (19-8), and 25th ranked Michigan State Spartans also of the Big 10 in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at The Breslin Student Events Center on campus in East Lansing, Michigan. This Sports Handicapper believes Minnesota Golden Gophers are a formidable opponent for any Conference team. Michigan State is starting to roll as we head into March. The betting line has Michigan State as a nine-point home favorite Against The Spread, the betting odds total is not available for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Minnesota Golden Gophers are on a three-game losing streak. Minnesota lost to Wisconsin 63-53 on the road in their last game on February 21st. Minnesota is 5-10 in Conference play, eight games behind first place Wisconsin. The Golden Gophers scores over seventy-three points per contest. The defense ranks thirteenth in the Big-Ten and 78th nationally. Senior Guard Andre Hollins is the team’s leading scorer. Two other Golden Gophers score in double figures. The betting odds under the total are 7-1 Minnesota last eight on the road. The Golden Gophers are only 4-12 ATS their last sixteen against the Big Ten. Minnesota is only 3-11 Against The Spread their last fourteen against Michigan State. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 4-6 their last 10 NCAAB Betting Predictions overall, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six. Bovada.vl has Minnesota aa an 100,000 to 1 odds to win the 2015 March Madness Tournament. The key to a Minnesota win is to get our and push the basketball.Minnesota is at their best when they create an up-tempo.
The 2015 Michigan State Spartans didn’t look impressive to start the season, but Coach Tom Izzo has the Spartans playing their best at the right time. The Spartans have won six of seven straight up. Michigan State won at Illinois 60-53 on Sunday February 22nd. Michigan State ranks fourth in the Conference scoring the basketball. The defense is smothering; they are allowing opponents on sixty-one points per game. The “BIG THREE” Junior Denzel Valentine and Seniors Brandon Dawson and Travis Trice score in double-figures. Trice is the catalyst and as he goes so does the Spartans. The betting odds under the total are 10-3 the last thirteen between the teams The Spartans are 10-4 and in a third place tie with Purdue in the Conference Standings. Michigan State is 4-0 their last four Against The Spread. The Spartans are finally playing the way Izzo wants and the reason for the turnaround is the play of Trice. Coach Izzo put the Senior Guard on the bench in the middle of the season, and he has responded. The key to a Spartan win is to play in your face defense. Betting experts in the Desert and Offshore has Michigan State as +5000 to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Free Picks: Minnesota+9.