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UCLA vs Michigan State – NCAA Tournament First Four Picks and Predictions

UCLA vs Michigan College Basketball picks, tips and predictions on this March Madness NCAA Tournament game March 18, 2021


Free Picks and Predictions on this UCLA vs Michigan State NCAA Tournament First Four game. This matchup set to tip off March 18, 2021 at 9:55 pm  et at the Mackey Arena on the Purdue Campus in Indiana.

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The current Draftkings College Basketball odds have the Michigan State Spartans as a -2 point favorite and the over/under at 135.5 total points. The betting public has 64% of their money behind the Spartans.

UCLA comes into this game getting their tenth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, but that’s after losing 84-79 in overtime to the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals to the eventual winner Oregon State on Thursday. They have now lost four games in a row and have little momentum behind them going into this matchup. UCLA plays with a slower pace and doesn’t pose a big threat with their 3-point shooting.

The Bruins on the road this season are scoring an average of 71.8 points per game and on defense giving up an average of 73.8 points per game. UCLA is 3-11 against the spread in their last 14 games and the total has gone under in 5 of the Bruins last 7 games when playing as the underdog.

Michigan State comes into this game after losing it’s first game in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday to Maryland 68-57. Malik Hall and Aaron Henry combined for over half of the Spartans points and there was little help offensively from the rest of the team. They average 13 turnovers a game, but in their last game they put up 18 and that coupled with 41% from the field is the perfect recipe to get a road loss. The bright side was their defensive play against Maryland. Maryland has a 45% shooting average this season and the Spartans held them to just 38%. Also, with Coach Tom Izzo at the helm it’s tough to go against them. Izzo is 51-21 in the NCAA tournament with eight Final Four appearances.

Michigan State is 7-13 against the spread in their last 20 games and the total has gone under in 11 of the Spartans last 13 games against an opponent in the Pac-12 conference. The Spartans on the road this season are putting up only 63.5 points per game  while giving up 74.3 points per game on defense.

In this UCLA vs Michigan State NCAA Tournament game, we’re rolling with Michigan State -1.5 at the -120 price.

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