Sweet 16 Predictions: Michigan State Spartans vs. Duke Blue Devils

No. 3 Michigan State Spartans vs. No. 2 Duke Blue Devils
Friday, 3/28/13, 9:45 PM EST, TV:  CBS
Opening Point Spread:  Duke -2
Current Betting Line:  Duke -2
Opening Total:  134
Current Total:  134.5
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The Michigan State Spartans are 7-1 SU all-time when playing in Indianapolis in the NCAA Tournament

The Michigan State Spartans are 7-1 SU all-time when playing in Indianapolis in the NCAA Tournament

Michigan State picked up victories over the Memphis Tigers and Valparaiso Crusaders to reach the Sweet 16 of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, while going UNDER the total in its last four contests overall.  The Spartans are making their fifth trip to this stage of the Big Dance in the last six years, while they look to improve upon their 7-1 all-time mark in Indianapolis in this event.  The team owns a plus-23.0 rebounding margin in two games thus far, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball betting picks Friday night.

The Spartans have four players averaging in double figures, with junior guard Keith Appling leading the way in scoring 13.3 points per game.  Michigan State has compiled a 7-3 SU record in the Sweet 16 under coach Tom Izzo, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball betting odds.  Offensively, the team is averaging 68.2 points per game on 46.1 percent shooting, which has led to outscoring foes by 9.4 points per game due to allowing just 58.8.

Duke earned its place in this high-profile matchup by beating Creighton and Albany, while going UNDER the total in both contests.  The Blue Devil are 18-8 all-time in the NCAA Regional Semifinal, including a 12-8 mark under coach Mike Krzyzewski.  The program has won four of six games when matching up with No. 3 seeds in the tournament, with wins in four of the last five opportunities.  Duke is 7-2 ATS on a neutral floor this season, with the OVER going 5-3 in that situation.

The Blue Devils are 22-1 on the season when shooting better than 45 percent from the field, while they’ve won all 15 of their games versus non-conference foes.  Duke is 7-2 all-time against Michigan State, including a 7-1 mark with Coach K on the sidelines.  Offensively, the team is led by its starting five, as the group accounts for 87 percent of its scoring.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spartans due to their 15-9 ATS mark as an underdog, while the Blue Devils are 7-11 ATS in March.

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