March Madness betting only has three games left, but those three games should be incredibly hot and heavy, as the Final Four pits four incredible squads with great story lines against one another in Indianapolis!
Michigan State Spartans vs. Butler Bulldogs Final 4 Pick:
My, what a story this game is! These two teams are the most unlikely entrants into the Final Four since George Mason pulled off the feat.
Michigan State got here by winning a Midwest Bracket that just looked impossible to navigate. But the Spartans didn’t have to do a ton of work to get through to Indianapolis, as #1 Kansas, #2 Ohio State, and #3 Georgetown were all dismissed by other foes. Sparty took care of #12 New Mexico State 70-67, #4 Maryland 85-83, #9 Northern Iowa 59-52, and #6 Tennessee.
On the other hand, the Butler Bulldogs started off with its weakest possible set of contenders at the outset of this tournament, but finished up with a flurry. The West Bracket champions beat #12 UTEP 77-59 and survived #13 Murray State 54-52 to advance into the second week of the tournament, where they went out and did some major damage. Both #1 Syracuse and #2 Kansas State couldn’t figure out the stout Butler ‘D’, as the Horizon League champs knocked those two teams off 63-59 and 63-56 respectively in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 of the dance.
The Spartans are going to need to take advantage of their experience and veteran leadership, even without G Kalin Lucas on the court. No Horizon League team has ever made it to the Final Four, and this could be just a bit much for them. Butler is playing out of its skull, and yes, it owns the nation’s longest winning streak at 24 games.
However, I foresee that streak coming to a close against Michigan State, who will go to its second straight National Championship game in a nail biter. Who would of ever thought MSU would get a chance to erase the memories of the beat down they absorbed in the National Championship game just a short season ago? Not this Jayhawk fan!
– A few betting trends to consider:
Michigan State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Michigan State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Butler’s last 6 games
Butler is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
– Butler vs. Michigan State Final 4 Score Prediction:
Michigan State 64 – Butler 58
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