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Hope everybody has enjoyed all of Craig's sports handicapping picks this year in college basketball. Craig has had a great season and can't wait until the very exciting final four games for Saturday. If you missed Craig's preview break down of each team make sure you check it out here!!
Two College basketball super powers square off in the first match up. UCONN and Coach Calhoun look for their third Championship in 10 years. In fact Calhoun has not lost a game in the final four with a perfect 4-0 record. On the other hand Coach Izzo and Michigan State are back in the Final Four the fourth time in the last seven years. But MSU has only won one title in its three previous attempts. The oddsmakers have made UCONN a -4 point favorite and set the total at 133. Lets look at these two teams records and trends!
Michigan State: 30-6 SU, 20-13 ATS
Connecticut: 31-4 SU, 17-14 ATS
-Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
-Spartans are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 NCAA Tournament games.
-Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games.
-Huskies are 41-20-1 ATS in their last 62 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5.
When you break down this game everything points to a very close hotly contested contest. The key to this game will be which team dominates the glass. UCONN has dominated the lane against everyone all year and can't imagine that it would stop today. Michigan State played there best game of the year last game against Louisville but today they will struggle to score inside against UCONN big men. UCONN forces teams to beat them from outside and MSU will struggle to find consistent outside scoring. Thabeet, Price, and Adrian will carry this team to the Championship game. SCORE UCONN 73 - MSU 65