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NCAA hoops odds preview - Portland vs. Michigan State

Portland PilotsMichigan State Spartans
1-1November 18, 2013, 07:00 | Breslin Center3-0

Portland pays a visit to Michigan State on Monday, hoping to send the Spartans to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Breslin Center.

Michigan State will face the 1-1 Pilots, who own a 2-0 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Spartans are 1-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Pilots are 1-1 favoring the OVER.

View Portland Pilots vs Michigan State Spartans Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Spartans installed as -22-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Spartans at No. 21 and the Pilots at No. 235 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Portland, they were a 79-73 loser as they battled Oregon State on the road. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. The Pilots got 18 points from Bobby Sharp, but it was Oregon State that prevailed in a 79-73 final on Wednesday at Gill Coliseum.

In their last action, Michigan State was a 62-53 winner at home against Columbia. They failed to cover the 23.5-point spread as favorites. Columbia was victimized for 26 points and 11 rebounds by Adreian Payne as the Spartans bested the Lions 62-53 in college basketball action on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Pilots is ranked No. 220 in NCAA hoops at 33 per game. Contrast that with Michigan State’s No. 66 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan State is the No. 196-ranked team in the country at 5 per game, while Portland rates No. 64 at 7.5 per game.

Next up:
Portland home to Idaho, Thursday, November 21st
Michigan State at Virginia Tech, Friday, November 22nd