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March Madness - Michigan State Spartans vs Harvard Crimson in college hoops odds

Harvard CrimsonMichigan State Spartans
27-4March 22, 2014, 08:40 | Spokane Arena27-8

The No. 12 Harvard Crimson, 7-1 ATS in their last eight games, will be gunning for another upset victory on Saturday as they take on the No. 4 Michigan State Spartans in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan State, picked by many to make the Final Four, were favored by 7.5 points in late Friday betting at Bovada. The total was 136.5 over at Bovada.

Harvard pulled off an upset over No. 5 Cincinnati in the Round of 64 on Thursday, winning that game by a final score of 61-57. The Spartans rolled to a 93-78 win over Delaware in their opening game of the tournament.


No. 12 seeds are 6-1 ATS vs 4 seeds since 2006, but Michigan State 7-2 ATS in 9 second-round games since 2001. Harvard is 7-1 ATS past eight games and the UNDER is 9-2 past 11 Harvard games when underdog.

Michigan State is 6-0 ATS past six games and 8-2 ATS past 10 games as favorites.

Odds Shark computer pick - 73.6-71.7 Michigan State

Supporters of the Crimson have watched them go 27-4 and 17-7-1 ATS on the year, while the Spartans are at 27-8 and 21-12-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Spartans are 18-16, while the Crimson have a 9-15-1 mark.

View Harvard Crimson vs Michigan State Spartans Odds and Stats.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 13-rated Harvard taking on the No. 36-rated Spartans in this contest.

Harvard was a 61-57 winner in its last match on the road against Cincinnati. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Harvard got 12 points from Wesley Saunders en route to a 61-57 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday at Spokane Arena.

In their last action, Michigan State was a 93-78 winner at home against Delaware. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites. The Spartans used a 41-point performance from Adreian Payne to help Michigan State smack Delaware 93-78 on Thursday at Spokane Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Michigan State has the nation's No. 36-rated offensive output, at 76.43 PPG. The visiting Crimson defense ranks No. 11 allowing on average 60.39 PPG. The Spartans FG% has averaged 47.64% so far, more than the Crimson marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.65% per game.

A few Crimson at Spartans trends to consider:
Harvard is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Harvard is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Harvard's last 6 games
Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Michigan State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State's last 6 games