Detroit will be on upset alert on Friday evening, as the Bucknell Bison take on the Michigan State Spartans. This is the first game of the evening session, and features the 3rd seeded Spartans and the 14th seeded Bison. The Bucknell Bison won the Patriot League, and are 25-9 on the season.
For Michigan State, after winning the Big Ten regular season title, they lost to Michigan in the conference tournament. The Spartans are now 29-4 on the season. The winner of this game will take on the winner of TCU and Syracuse in the second half. Michigan State comes into this game -14.5 over the Bucknell Bison on Friday.
The Michigan State Spartans are once again a tough nosed basketball team. That’s been a staple of Tom Izzo’s teams for a long time. The Spartans lost just four games this season to Duke, Ohio State and Michigan twice. Miles Bridges leads the Spartans with 17 points per game, while Cassius Winston is averaging 12.6 points and 6.8 assists per game.
The Spartans as a team are scoring 81 points per game. The defense has been fantastic for the Spartans, as the yare 18th in the nation, allowing less than 65 points per game. Michigan State ranks 8th in the nation in rebounding and are the top assist team in the country.
Bucknell Seeking Upset
The Bucknell Bison would love a first round upset, much like they did many seasons ago against Kansas. The Bison started the season with four straight losses to Monmouth, Arkansas, North Carolina and Maryland. The Bison have now won 8 straight games, including a 29 point blowout win over Colgate in the conference tournament title game.
The Bison are scoring more than 81 points per game, and allowing just 72.9 per game. This is the 8th NCAA Tournament appearance for the Bison. They have won 2 games in school history in the tournament. Bucknell’s Zach Thomas is one of the top scorers in the region, as he is scoring more than 20 points per game.
Bison Compete; Spartans Win
The Bucknell Bison are going to compete in this game. The Bison are going to come into this game, and not be scared of the Spartans. Michigan State has had a pretty long lay-off since the Big Ten Tournament. While Tom Izzo is one of the best coaches in all of College Basketball, that’s tough to come back from. Look for Bucknell to shoot the basketball well enough to stay in this game. But, when push comes to shove at the end of the game, Michigan State is going to win the game. When you are betting on this first round NCAA Tournament game on Friday, take the Bucknell Bison +15 over the Michigan State Spartans.
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