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Michigan State Spartans vs Kansas State Wildcats Predictions Odds and Sports Betting Picks 03/23/23

March Madness Betting Tips · 03/23/2023 - 6:30 pm · Madison Square Garden

Publish Date: 03/23/2023
Fact checked by: Allan Howe
Prediction: Spartans to cover
  • Over/Under: Michigan St vs Kansas St (137.5.)
  • Spread: Michigan State -2
  • Pick: Bet Michigan State to cover the spread
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Michigan State VS Kansas State Sweet 16 Game Preview

The NCAA basketball tournament has begun and is now down to only 16 teams after starting with 68. This third-round matchup will take place at the Mecca of sports entertainment in Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Spartans are the only team left in the Big 10 and the Wildcats are the only team left from Kansas. Both are surprising but only one team will get to join the Elite 8.

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Spartans In the Izzone

Julius Caesar was told to beware of the Ides of March. The rest of the basketball landscape should beware of the Ides of Izzo. Tom Izzo teams come to life in the third month of the year and especially in the tourney. Most Big 10 fans know this and are not surprised that the Spartans are the last representative of the conference. Change the players, change the records it does not matter. Izzo’s teams know how to play ball in the big dance.

The Spartans’ heart and soul are through Tyson Walker. He guards the perimeter, he scores on tough shots and more importantly he plays his tail off every single possession. He is a player easy to root for and be entertained by and needs to have a big game against a high-scoring Wildcats team. Don’t look past Joey Hauser either. The big man can let it fly from downtown and coming off of screens. I think this will be a high-octane game in New York.

Not the Kansas you were looking for?

Brackets were busted when the Jayhawks lost in the second round, but Wildcats fans could care less. Kansas State has been the overlooked team in the Sunflower State. Despite playing in the toughest conference in the NCAA (Big 12), the Wildcats do not have 10 losses and can score with anyone. Tonight though, can they defend?

All eyes are on Keyontae Johnson in this one. He struggled in his matchup against big man and former All-American Oscar Tshiebwe in the victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. Markquis Nowell picked up the slack, firing in 27 points and dishing out 9 assists. Kansas State can not have that type of game again if they want to advance. Their most consistent scorer needs to have a solid night to play Saturday.

Spartans vs Wildcats Head to Head

This is the first time these teams have met this year. Both teams score over 70 points and hold their opposition in the 60’s. Kansas State is more active with their guards defensively and has to turn the Spartans over to get the victory. I can not wait for this one.

Michigan State to cover
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Team Leaders


Walker- MSU

14.8 PPG

46.2 FG%

79.7 FT%

Johson- KSU

17.5 PPG

51.4 FG%

73.3 FT%


Hauser- MSU

7.1 RPG

5.5 DRPG

1.4 ORPG

Johnson- KSU

7.0 RPG

5.4 DRPG

1.6 ORPG


AJ Hoggard- MSU

5.9 APG

2.5 TOPG

30.3 MPG

Nowell- KSU

7.8 APG

3.7 TOPG

36.6 MPG

Our Betting Pick for Today

In this matchup, I’m taking the Michigan State Spartans to cover the 2 points. It’s tough to go against Izzo. He’s a Hall of Fame coach who gets the most out of his talent. I think he does just enough to get the win tonight by putting Tyson Walker in the best situations to succeed

Can you take me higher

The over under is sitting at 137.5. I don’t think it is enough. I wouldn’t even be shocked if this game heads to overtime to help the over hit even more. I will take the higher considering both teams comfortably average over 70 points per game.

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