Michigan State has been picked by many, including President Obama, to cut down the nets this April. But to even make it out of the first weekend of this year’s NCAA Tournament, the Spartans will need to get by a pesky Harvard squad that has delivered postseason wins in consecutive years. Can the Crimson ruin their parade?
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 8:40 PM EST
TV Channel: TNT
Location: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (Spokane, WA)
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Jaime Maggio
Opening Betting Line: Michigan State -4.5 (137) via Odds Shark
Prediction: Harvard has now won NCAA Tournament games in consecutive seasons. But unless the Crimson can figure out a way to stop MSU star center Adreian Payne, they would be sticking around much longer. Payne went off against Delaware, scoring 41 points in just 24 minutes of action. Harvard has a very balanced team – against Cincinnati, it had five players score at least nine points – but there seem to be too many mismatches athletically here. Take Michigan State, but hope that Payne doesn’t get into foul trouble.