NCAA Tournament Betting Predictions -- It's Michigan State and UConn at the Garden for a Final Four Spot

In the March Madness basketball betting odds that have been placed on this game, Michigan State is a 5.5-point favorite, with the total listed at 139.5 points.

This is just the kind of opportunity the experts at Final Score Network look for, as they have years of experience picking winners in the Elite Eight.

Michigan State lost seven of its last 12 games in the regular season, but during this process they were getting healthy, after suffering a season full of injuries. Most of the basketball experts figured that they could be a national championship contender when they got all their players back, and that time has come.

Michigan State has not exactly cruised through the last couple of games; they had some anxious moments in blowing a big lead against Harvard, and then had to slug it out with a very tough Virginia squad on Friday night in order to earn themselves a spot in this regional final. The guy who really came to the forefront was Branden Dawson, who had missed almost a third of the regular season with a broken hand, but might be Michigan State's best all-around performer on the court. He had 24 against the Cavaliers and their pack-line defense, and the Spartans know how valuable his presence is in the lineup, because they have won 20 of 22 games with him.

Connecticut yearns for multiple scoring options, so that they don't have to put all that much pressure on senior guard Shabazz Napier, who was a holdover from the Huskies' national championship team of 2011. One encouraging sign is that Napier did not have to be the star in the Sweet 16 victory over Iowa State. DeAndre Daniels, a six-foot-nine forward of great versatility, scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds against the Cyclones, and if he continues this role as an offensive threat, Michigan State will have to be much more honest on the defensive end.

So which of these teams will advance? More importantly, which team will cover in this game? Determining that is a job the Final Score Network relishes, as it has for years. Your best bet on Sunday is to contact them and allow them to lead you to the winners circle!

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