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March Madness - NCAA hoops odds preview - Delaware vs. Michigan State

Delaware Blue HensMichigan State Spartans
25-9March 20, 2014, 04:40 | Spokane Arena26-8

With just two SU losses in their past 21 games, Delaware will look to pull off an upset as a 13-seed on Thursday as they take on fourth-seeded Michigan State in East Region action.

But oddsmakers aren't believers and bettors have been backing the Spartans, pushing the line from -13 to -14 over at TopBet. The total was 150.5 at Bovada.

MSU won and covered five straight on the way to the Big Ten title and they are 7-3 ATS past 10 as double-digit favorite. The Spartans are also 12-4 SU, 10-6 ATS in first-round games.

Delaware is 19-2 SU since January 2014 and 10-3 ATS in their past 13 games as underdogs, so they don't mind getting points here in the East Region betting lines.

The Spartans are 26-8 so far on the season, and 20-12-1 ATS vs. the number. The Blue Hens, meanwhile, are 25-9 and 16-9-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Michigan State go 17-16 and the Blue Hens go 12-13-1 on the totals.

Computer Pick: 84.3-64.5 Spartans

View Delaware Blue Hens vs Michigan State Spartans Odds and Stats.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 109-rated Delaware taking on the No. 36-rated Spartans in this contest.

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In their last action, Delaware was a 75-74 winner at home against William & Mary. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Delaware got 24 points from Carl Baptiste en route to a 75-74 victory over William & Mary on Monday at Baltimore Arena.

Michigan State was a 69-55 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Michigan. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. Michigan State earned a 69-55 victory over Michigan on Sunday, getting 18 points from Adreian Payne at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Michigan State's No. 43-ranked scoring average of 75.94 PPG, against a Blue Hens defense rated No. 227 and allowing 75.15 PPG. The Spartans FG% has averaged 47.47% to date this season, more than the Blue Hens shooters have managed so far (44.62% per game).

A few Blue Hens at Spartans trends to consider:
Delaware is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Delaware is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Michigan State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Michigan State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games