March Madness Betting -- Virginia Looks to Slow Down Michigan State In Sweet 16 Action


Michigan State is a team that was right up there with the best in the country when it was healthy earlier in the campaign. You really couldn't say that they are all 100% right now; after all, guard Keith Appling still having issues with a wrist injury. But all of the essential Spartan players are present and accounted for. And they give this team the ability to slug it out in the half-court setting or take the ball down the court, using their athleticism to launch a very effective transition game.

And March Madness bettors know that they have one of the most versatile people on the floor in power forward Adrian Payne, who blew NCAA Tournament observers away 41 points in the opening game against Delaware. He is one of the Michigan State players who has spent some time on the sidelines this season with an injury, but needless to say, he is in good shape and good form at the moment.

The problem for the Spartans on Friday night is at they are going up against a team that is among the very best defensive squads in the country. Tony Bennett's Cavaliers have allowed just 55.5 points per game, which is best in the nation. These guys are obviously very well-schooled, and they also have what is known as great "length" out on the perimeter, as they put some very tall guards out there to spoil passing angles and get in the way of the opposition when it tries to get clear looks from the outside. They can slow the pace, and that is what their opponents dread.

Michigan State has great athletes and can score from every position. Coach Tom Izzo has been to the final 46 times. But some of the rumors that have him headed to the NBA's Detroit Pistons are a bit of a distraction. And even though not as many people know about Virginia, the fact is that the Cavaliers emerged victorious in both the ACC regular-season race and the post-season tournament.

You should turn to Final Score Network for the winning side on this Sweet 16 game. There are attractive packages available for the rest of the tournament, so there is no reason not to come aboard and be a winner in March Madness betting!


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