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Michigan State vs Saint Louis Betting Pick

Michigan State meets St. Louis in a West Region third-round game Sunday in Columbus.

The second-seeded Spartans opened their tournament with an 89-67 victory over LIU Brooklyn Friday, while the ninth-seeded Billikens beat Memphis 61-54.

MSU was favored by 7 points at TopBet earlier Sunday, watch for the latest spread.

Michigan State will face the 26-7 Billikens, who own a 17-10-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Spartans are 16-15-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Billikens are 15-13-1 favoring the OVER.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Spartans - Billikens odds would favor the Spartans if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Michigan State is rated No. 1 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Saint Louis is at No. 72. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 78-76 win for the Spartans.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Michigan State's No. 65-ranked offense, averaging 72.6 PPG, against a Billikens defense that ranks No. 8 at 57.4 PPG. The Spartans field goal percentage has averaged 48% so far, more than the Billikens marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.

Defensively, Saint Louis features the nation's No. 34-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.4 points per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 56 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Saint Louis was a 61-54 winner on the road against Memphis. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Kwamain Mitchell scored 22 points leading the Billikens to a 61-54 victory over Memphis at Nationwide Arena on Friday.

Last time out for Michigan State, they were an 89-67 winner as they battled Long Island at home. They covered in the match as a 19-point favorite. Michigan State cruised to victory on Friday, running Long Island out of the gym and running up an 89-67 score at Nationwide Arena.