March Madness Betting -- Harvard vs. Michigan State: Spartans Have No Pushover in Front of Them


Harvard, which scored a win over New Mexico in last year's NCAA Tournament, defeated Cincinnati 61-57 as a very short underdog in the college basketball odds and a pick on the part of the experts from the Final Score Network. On Saturday night they face a team that might be just hitting its stride right now, and they will be getting seven points in the basketball betting lines, with the total listed at 136.5 points.

Michigan State rolled to a rather easy 93-78 victory over Delaware on Thursday, and they got a career performance from power forward Adreian Payne, who scored 41 points, including a perfect 17-for-17 effort at the free-throw line. If that didn't strike fear into the hearts of perspective tournament opponents, nothing will.

Of course, we know that this well-coached Harvard squad, headed up by former Duke star Tommy Amaker, will not be shaking in its boots. Cincinnati is a very gritty team that also plays a physical brand of basketball, and so matching up physically with Michigan State won't be such a daunting task. Harvard has five double-digit scorers in the starting lineup, so it is very difficult to focus in on anyone in particular. And Harvard doesn't mind playing an up-tempo game either, recognizing that Michigan State puts 76 points per game on the board.

March Madness bettors know that Harvard does not want a repeat of last year, when they came off that big victory and then got pasted by 23 points by a very good Arizona squad. Michigan State may be a #4 seed here, but this is the first time in quite a while they have been healthy. And they have tremendous balance as well.

Indeed this is a difficult game to pick, considering that Harvard has enough long-range shooting ability to stay within your shot. This is a special game on Saturday schedule for the Final Score Network, and if you will contact them, you can make sure you're on the winning side to give yourself a profitable Saturday in the Big Dance!

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