NCAA Tournament: Michigan State vs. Bucknell fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 16
Game Time: 7:10 ET
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
All You Really Need To Know About Michigan State (29-4)
(Big Ten), RPI: 14. 3-seed
The regular season Big Ten champs had a terrific season through the turmoil and the controversy, but do they have the makeup to come up with a big run now that the lights are on? Miles Bridges and the talented offense has five players averaging 11 points or more on the best passing team in the country.
The Spartans lead the nation in blocked shots, field goal defense and assists, and are among the leaders in rebounds. However, as good as the team is at passing, it turns the ball over – a lot – and it doesn’t come up with any steals.
All You Really Need To Know About Bucknell (25-9)
(Patriot), RPI: 80. 14-seed
The Bison destroyed the Patriot league, blowing out Boston University and Colgate to take the conference title after rolling to the regular season championship. 20-point scorer Zach Thomas leads a three-headed monster – Nana Foulland and Stephen Brown the other two – that puts up points in bunches.
It’s a great rebounding team that doesn’t allow many second shots, only two teams made more free throws, and scoring isn’t a problem. It’s a fun team doesn’t do a whole lot of things wrong, except for coming up with a truly impressive win.
What’s Going To Happen
If this was anyone else but Michigan State playing in Detroit, Bucknell would be a fantastic upset pick.
As is, the Bison are scary for the Spartans. They can rebound well enough to bang around with the big, bad Big Teners, they can hit from three, and they have the inside presence to be a problem.
Don’t assume the rested Spartans are just going to roll at will, but they’ll take over late by clamping down defensively. Bucknell will miss too many threes when the intensity ramps up.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Michigan State 80, Bucknell 69
Line: Michigan State -14.5, o/u: 147.5
ATS Confidence: 2
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