Syracuse vs. Michigan State - 3/18/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Glen Norman
March 19, 2018

That woke up Michigan State's star.

The most recent meeting between the two teams came on December 7, 2010, in the Jimmy V Classic. This Michigan State team isn't great in a half-court offense either, which Syracuse will force it into.

Kansas State 69, Creighton 59 - Barry Brown scored 18 points and ninth-seeded Kansas State posted a wire-to-wire victory despite playing without leading scorer Dean Wade. Point guard Cassius Winston led Michigan State with 15 points while All-American Miles Bridges struggled to a 4-for-19 shooting day to finish with 11 points. You can look at their NCAA Tournament game a year ago against West Virginia, their trip to North Carolina earlier this season, or their incredible comeback win over Colgate in February as examples of that. Syracuse reached 18-0 before suffering six losses in eight games. MSU has walk-on Brock Washington sitting out for disciplinary reasons while Syracuse continues to be without Howard Washington, who suffered a season-ending leg injury.

What TV channel is Syracuse-Michigan State basketball on? Haas, who averaged 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, had nine points and 10 rebounds in the first-round victory.

While Michigan State flexed its muscles in terms of depth and size, Boeheim could only toggle the few switches he had in terms of bench players and exhort his skinnier frontcourt players to keep battling. The Orange boasted a 10-point halftime lead, but were blown out, 51-24, in the second half.

Michigan State will use up to 10 players in its rotation, and that could prove especially important inside. Syracuse ranks 108th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).

Michigan State relied on its best option to shake off the pesky Bison.

The Orange then defeated No. 11 Gonzaga and No. 1 Virginia en route to the Final Four, where SU fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 83-66.

The Musketeers (29-5) will play either No. 9 seed Florida State or eighth-seeded Missouri on Sunday for a berth in the Sweet 16. The fourth-seeded Orange eliminated the Golden Eagles, 55-39, to advance to the Final Four.

Syracuse held its third straight opponent to less than 60 points in this tournament.

Up front, I'm a Syracuse grad proud of the run this team has made. Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams, SU's starting backcourt, each fouled out. The Roy Williams-led Tarheels used a 35-of-65 (.538) shooting night to top the Orange. The extra points made a huge difference in a game where the lead went back and forth throughout, with neither team able to gain a major lead over the other.

If the Spartans do face Duke, the Orange will likely give Michigan State a good defensive zone test that could help prepare the Spartans.

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