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CBB : ATS Matchup
Friday 3/16/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUCKNELL (25 - 9) vs. MICHIGAN ST (29 - 4)
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Friday, 3/16/2018 7:10 PM
NCAA Tournament - First Round - Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, MI
Board OpenLatest
878MICHIGAN ST-15-13.5
BUCKNELL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games25-9+0.45-55-481.136.847.2%36.972.934.442.3%35.3
Road Games10-8-2.63-33-278.535.945.2%36.676.937.243.6%37.3
Last 5 Games5-0+22-12-184.241.652.8%35.462.626.239.5%32.2
BUCKNELL Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)81.136.828-5947.2%8-2334.3%18-2571.7%37814196134
vs opponents surrendering72.433.826-5744.8%8-2235.6%13-1971.8%34813176133
Team Stats (Road Games)78.535.927-6045.2%8-2434.7%16-2271.9%37813195134
Stats Against (All Games)72.934.426-6142.3%6-1933.2%15-2169.6%35913217133
vs opponents averaging7233.926-5745.0%8-2235.9%13-1870.7%34814186133
Stats Against (Road Games)76.937.227-6243.6%7-2033.5%16-2271.9%37913206123

MICHIGAN ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games29-4+1.215-1714-1681.038.050.4%40.864.830.936.6%30.5
Road Games13-3+4.25-105-1173.333.246.6%39.766.031.837.7%32.1
Last 5 Games4-1+0.91-41-468.232.042.8%37.863.833.039.5%29.0
MICHIGAN ST Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)81.038.029-5750.4%8-2041.3%15-2175.0%411019184137
vs opponents surrendering71.733.626-5844.2%7-2135.3%13-1871.9%35914186134
Team Stats (Road Games)73.333.226-5646.6%8-2039.4%13-1873.3%401016194146
Stats Against (All Games)64.830.922-6136.6%7-2233.3%13-1872.4%30912206102
vs opponents averaging7434.826-5944.6%8-2234.7%14-2070.8%36914176124
Stats Against (Road Games)66.031.823-6037.7%7-2032.9%14-1972.0%3291219693
Average power rating of opponents played: BUCKNELL 71.7,  MICHIGAN ST 79.8
BUCKNELL - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/28/2018@ BOSTON U91-79W-5.5W151.5O35-6157.4%311132-7045.7%3611
1/31/2018ARMY83-71W - -27-6144.3%411728-6940.6%3819
2/3/2018LAFAYETTE74-59W - -28-6245.2%32722-5341.5%3517
2/5/2018@ LEHIGH89-92L-8L157O26-6838.2%451529-6544.6%4013
2/14/2018LOYOLA-MD94-53W - -31-5853.4%511318-6328.6%3310
2/17/2018@ HOLY CROSS68-67W - -21-5438.9%421422-5440.7%3810
2/21/2018NAVY85-61W - -30-5455.6%301223-5641.1%3017
2/24/2018@ AMERICAN80-61W - -25-5149.0%401222-5738.6%2911
3/4/2018BOSTON U90-59W-12W144.5O33-5658.9%411822-5937.3%2615
3/16/2018*MICHIGAN ST              

MICHIGAN ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/28/2018@ MARYLAND74-68W-6T146.5U25-6339.7%461024-5642.9%298
1/31/2018PENN ST76-68W-14.5L141.5O24-4850.0%401626-6937.7%298
2/3/2018@ INDIANA63-60W-8L141U23-4748.9%291119-6628.8%538
2/6/2018@ IOWA96-93W-10L154O32-5756.1%341036-6952.2%308
2/13/2018@ MINNESOTA87-57W-10.5W147.5U32-6053.3%491419-5932.2%238
2/17/2018@ NORTHWESTERN65-60W-9.5L132U20-4643.5%351221-5637.5%267
2/25/2018@ WISCONSIN68-63W-7.5L135.5U23-5343.4%401322-5937.3%284
MICHIGAN ST: Last season: 20-15, lost to Kansas in NCAA round of 32.
Who's gone: G Eron Harris, G Alvin Ellis, F Matt Van Dyk.
Who's back: Four of the top five and eight of the top 10 scorers from last season. F Miles Bridges turned down a chance to be an NBA lottery pick to return for his sophomore season. Bridges is the Big Ten preseason player of the year and a national player of the year candidate. F Nick Ward averaged nearly 14 points and six-plus rebounds as a freshman, trailing only Bridges on the team. Ward joined Bridges on the preseason All-Big Ten team.
Who's new: F Jaren Jackson and F Xavier Tillman are talented enough as freshmen to be key players on a loaded team. The 6-11, 242-pound Jackson is projected by some as top-five pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Izzo said the 6-8, 260-pound Tillman was the biggest surprise in early practices.
The Skinny: Izzo, a Hall of Fame coach, has a good shot to win his second national championship, reach his eighth Final Four and win his first Big Ten regular season title since 2012.
Michigan State wary of Bucknell

Michigan State doesn't have to stray far during the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans' goal in their opener is to avoid going home with another shocking defeat.

The last time the Spartans had a high seed, 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee State blindsided them in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history two seasons ago. Michigan State, seeded No. 3 in the Midwest this time around, has a de facto home court advantage against No. 14 Bucknell at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Friday night.

"It's a team that, I look at them, they're as good or better than Middle Tennessee," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "Similar, except they're bigger. Their bigger guys can shoot it."

Michigan State came into the season on the short list of teams that could win the national championship. Despite losing to rival Michigan 75-64 in the Big Ten Tournament, they remain on that list. Michigan State (29-4) won the Big Ten regular-season title outright, led by two players expected to be lottery picks and a sweet-shooting point guard.

Sophomore forward Miles Bridges (16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds), who passed on a chance to be a first-round pick last June in order to chase a national championship, was named a second-team All-American by numerous organizations. Freshman forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.15 blocks) was named the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Floor leader Cassius Winston (12.6 points, 6.8 assists) would rank first in the nation in 3-point percentage at 52.6 if he'd attempted a few more.

Michigan State hasn't played in nearly two weeks and Izzo believes the layoff was beneficial to Bridges, who has shot below 50 percent in each of the team's last six games.

"I think the break was good for us," said Izzo, whose team lost to Kansas in the second round last season as a No. 9 seed. "I think we've wrapped our arms around all the things that we've gone through this year. We've spent a lot of time last week talking about a lot of things.

"So I think he's mentally in a great position. As we keep saying to him all year long, just be more aggressive."

The Bison (25-9) won the Patriot League regular-season and tournament championships. They crushed Colgate 83-54 in the title game March 7.

Bucknell is led by three highly productive seniors. Center Nana Foulland (15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 blocks) won the league's Player of the Year award last season. Forward Zach Thomas (20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds) won the award this season. Point guard Stephen Brown (14.9 points, 4.3 assists) was named tournament MVP.

"All three of them are 1,000-point scorers," Izzo said. "All three of them are phenomenal 3-point shooters. It's a very experienced team and probably eight of their nine guys can shoot threes."

Coach Nathan Davis' squad gave West Virginia a big scare in the opening round last season before succumbing 86-80.

"We've got a versatile team," Davis said. "We've got a deep roster. We've got a lot of guys who can guard."

Bucknell, which is seeking its first NCAA Tournament win since 2006, started the season 0-4 but has won 21 of its last 23 games.

"We're at a good place right now," Brown said. "Our defensive intensity has definitely turned up a little bit in the last few games, just realizing the potential that we have on our team."

Last Updated: 12/19/2018 4:35:09 AM EST

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