No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 Michigan State preview: Game time, broadcast, betting line, prediction
The Miami Hurricanes (21-11) are the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on the No. 9 seed Michigan State Spartans (19-14). The game will be played at in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday, March 17.
Preview: Miami finished seventh in the ACC, regarded as the most competitive conference in college basketball this year. Wins over Virginia, UNC and Duke were key for getting Miami into the tournament. The Hurricanes are led by guard Davon Reed, who averages 15.0 points per game.
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Michigan State finished fifth in the Big Ten, and recorded wins over Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Spartans are led by Miles Bridges, who averages 16.7 points per game. You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see how the committee ranked the teams 1-68 here.
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 9:20 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: TNT
Location: BOK Center in Tulsa, OK
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, and Dana Jacobson
Opening Betting Line: Miami -2, via OddsShark
Michigan State has made the tournament every year since the 1997-1998 season. Last year they lost in the first round to No. 15 seeded Middle Tennessee 90-81. The Spartans have been in the Final Four seven times under head coach Tom Izzo.
Miami has made it to the Sweet Sixteen two of the last four years. A Sweet Sixteen appearance remains the best finish for the program.
Prediction: It's never a great idea to bet against Tom Izzo and Michigan State in the tournament, so I'm not going to. The Spartans take down the Hurricanes, and they do so in convincing fashion, winning by at least 10. They advance to the Second Round this time and find redemption after suffering such a stunning loss last season.
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