Sweet 16 – Michigan State vs. Duke Free Pick: There has been plenty of carnage all over the place in the rest of the bracket, but here in the Midwest Region, the top three teams in the bracket have all made it to the second week of the dance. The Michigan State Spartans and the Duke Blue Devils have a ton of wins at this level in their respective histories, and they are going to meet once again on the Sweet 16 odds on Friday night in Indianapolis. The Blue Devils are favored by a bucket on the March Madness odds, while the Spartans figure to control the pace of the game with a relatively low ‘total’ being set at 133 ½.

This isn’t a remarkable spot for the Spartans to be in. When you look back at their schedule this year, they have beaten virtually every team that they were supposed to beat. However, as underdogs, they really haven’t fared all that well. They’re just 3-6 SU and 4-5 ATS this season when favored by a point or as underdogs, and that doesn’t bode well against a very solid Duke outfit. Of course, we have questions about the Blue Devils as well, knowing that they haven’t played a lot of games like this against Big Ten teams. However, we think that Duke has that ability to play with the big boys from the best conference in America. Men like Ryan Kelly, Seth Curry, and Mason Plumlee are all bangers that can really get the job done all over the court in gritty games. This is an experienced team as well, and there is a lot to like about it. Duke feels “different” this year. This feels like a champion to us. Free Friday College Basketball Pick: Take the Duke Blue Devils -2

 

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