Louisville Cardinals vs Michigan State Spartans Picks, Prediction, and Odds
We have officially made it through the first two rounds of the craziest time of the year for our sports bettors out there. This is of course March Madness, and we are down to our final sixteen teams who will make their push towards a National Championship. There are quite a few interesting match-ups to watch for, but one that absolutely caught my eye is a game in the West Region between the top seed in the region in the Michigan State Spartans, and the fourth seed in the Louisville Cardinals. Both of these teams are hitting their stride right now, and are definitely popular picks to make a deep run in this tournament. Tip off for this game is set for Thursday, March 22nd at 7:47pm EST, and this will be one of the first games to tip off of the Sweet 16 games.
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Louisville got this point by running through the Big East Tournament and winning it all, which locked up a four seed for them. After that though, they knocked off an upset minded Davidson team, and then went on to beat a strong New Mexico team by three. The road definitely hasn't been easy, and it won't get any easier for here, as the winner of this game will go on to play either Marquette or Florida.
Michigan State on the other hand was said to be in a "rebuilding year" by some people, but were they ever wrong. Michigan State earned a number one seed, and got here by dominating LIU Brooklyn, and then winning a tough game against a strong St. Louis team. They are getting some love from people as a potential National Championship contender this year as well, and this game against Louisville will be one of their biggest tests to see if they are ready for that.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Louisville Cardinals: +4.5
- Michigan State Spartans: -4.5
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» Free Prediction
One of the first match-ups of the Sweet 16 games will be one of the best ones when these two teams square off. Both sides are incredibly talented, and this game has two of the best college basketball coaches of all time in Rick Pitino and Tom Izzo. Personally, I think it'll be tough to go against this hard nosed Michigan State team, and that they'll cause some serious issues for the Cardinals inside. I'm going to roll with Michigan State to get back to the Elite 8 and once again prove that there is never a rebuilding year when Tom Izzo is the head coach!
Prediction: Michigan State- 65 Louisville Cardinals- 63
» Free Pick
I don't see any way that this game ends up being a blow out. Both teams are too strong, and that's why I love the fact that I can get the Louisville Cardinals at +4.5. Honestly, I could potentially see the Cardinals winning this game outright, which means that I'll be jumping all over my pick on them at the +4.5. Whichever team makes it out of this game is going to be scary for whoever they have to play moving forward.
Pick: Louisville Cardinals +4.5