Michigan State vs Davidson: 2022 NCAA Tournament West Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Round Greenville Practice
Mar 17, 2022; Greenville, SC, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo with guard Davis Smith (14) and forward Gabe Brown (44) during practice before the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 7 Michigan State Spartans vs. No. 10 Davidson Wildcats

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, March 18
  • Time: 9:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: Bon Secours Wellness Center in Greenville, SC
  • TV: CBS
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com

Tale of the Tape:

No. 7 MSU STAT No. 10 DAV
Big Ten Conference Atlantic 10
22-12 Record 27-7
72.1 (160th) Points Per Game 75.6 (65th)
68.4 Points Allowed Per Game 65.8
0.5948 (32nd) RPI 0.5935 (34th)
11th Strength of Schedule 119th
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Michigan State leaders:

Mar 12, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Spartans forward Gabe Brown (44) dribbles the ball while Purdue Boilermakers guard Sasha Stefanovic (55) defends in the second half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
  • Gabe Brown, F, SR: 11.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 37.3% 3PT
  • Max Christie, G, FR: 9.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.5 APG

Davidson leaders:

Mar 12, 2022; Washington, D.C., USA; Wildcats guard Foster Loyer (0) shoots the ball as Saint Louis Billikens forward Francis Okoro (5) defends in the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
  • Foster Loyer, G, JR: 16.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 44.5% 3PT
  • Luka Brajkovic, F, SR: 14.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.1 BPG, 40.7% 3PT

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • MSU Moneyline: -115
  • DAV Moneyline: -105
  • Spread: MSU -1
  • Over/Under: 141
  • ATS Record: MSU 18-15-1, DAV 20-12
  • Over/Under Record: MSU 18-15-1, DAV 18-14

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The Pick:

  • This is as evenly matched a first-round game as you’re going to see. The Spartans rank 39th in KenPom rankings with the Wildcats right behind them at 40th. However, the Spartans are the more well-rounded team both offensive and defensive units ranked inside the top 53 but the Wildcats’ defense coming in ranked 147th.
  • The Wildcats also operate at a much slower pace, coming in with the 304th adjusted tempo and the Spartans at 141st. Still, these are two efficient offensive units, which is why both teams have hit the over more often than not this season.
  • We all know Tom Izzo and March, and this Spartans team has big wins against Wisconsin, Purdue, and UCONN this year, but the Wildcats have their own history of NCAA tournament success and beat Alabama earlier this year.
  • A key determining factor could be ball control. The Wildcats rank 11th in the country, turning the ball over only 9.8 times per game. Meanwhile, the Spartans turn it over 13.1 times per game. With starting guard Tyson Walker also playing banged up with an ankle injury, the Spartans will need their other guards to step up to ensure they can run the offense efficiently and keep possession of the ball.
  • If this comes down to free-throws, both teams shoot it well with Davidson ranking 42nd and Michigan State not far behind at 86th.

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