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Dave's NCAA Tourney Picks, Mar.22: (2) Michigan State Against (10) USC

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 20:  Rob Robinson #1 of the Robert Morris Colonials drives for a shot attempt against Goran Suton #14 of the Michigan State Spartans during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 20, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
dave darbySenior Analyst IMarch 21, 2009

(2) Michigan State against (10) USC

Line: Michigan State -4

Michigan State breezed through the first round of the NCAA tourney with a 77-62 win over Robert Morris.

Draymond Green and Raymar Morgan scored 16 points each for the Spartans, while Goran Suton added 11 points and 17 rebounds. Suton’s 17 boards were part of a 43-25 rebound advantage for Michigan State.

A win here will likely set up a rematch with Kansas from earlier this season, a game in which the Spartans won at home.

USC was impressive in their 72-55 upset victory over Boston College on Friday. The Trojans went into halftime down four points, but doubled up Boston Collegein the second half 42 to 21.

Taj Gibson finished with a game high 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the Trojans who shot 52.9 percent from the field for the game. It’s been an unlikely few weeks for the Trojans, who finished the Pac Ten season with an even 9-9 record. USC would be battling for a trip to Madison Square Garden if not for their run through the Pac Ten tournament.

They now find themselves one upset away from the Sweet 16.


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