Michigan State Spartans vs. UCLA Bruins NCAAB Men’s Tournament First Four Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Insights, and Trends for March 18, 2021

The Michigan State Spartans (15-12) and the UCLA Bruins (17-9) square off with a spot in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament bracket at stake on Thursday at Mackey Arena, tipping off at 9:57 PM ET, live on TBS. Michigan State is favored by two points as these teams hope to advance to the opening round.

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Michigan State vs UCLA Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Michigan State -2 -109 -112 135 -110 -110 -134 112

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Point Total Insights

  • Michigan State has combined with its opponents to score over Thursday’s total, 135, in 63% of its 27 games this season.
  • In 53.8% of UCLA games this season (14/26), the total points scored was greater than Thursday’s total of 135.
  • This contest’s total is 4.1 points under the 139.1 these two squads combine to give up per game in 2020-21.
  • The 69 points the Spartans put up per game are only 0.5 more points than the Bruins surrender (68.5).
  • The Bruins’ 72.8 points per game are only 2.2 more points than the 70.6 the Spartans allow to opponents.
  • Head to Head

    Michigan State vs UCLA (Last 2 Games)
    Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
    11/27/2019 Michigan State -13.5 142 -1306 +755 Regular Season 75-62
    11/22/2018 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 87-67

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    Michigan State Betting Data

  • Michigan State has been solid against the spread, going 13-10 this season.
  • When favored by at least 2 points, the Spartans have fared well against the spread, putting up a 4-2 record.
  • Spartans games have played to the total or above 0 times in 23 games this season.
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    Michigan State Leaders

    Spartans Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Aaron Henry 16 14.3 5.6 4.0 1.5 1.4 0.6
    Joey Hauser 16 9.4 6.1 1.6 0.5 0.1 1.2
    Joshua Langford 14 8.9 3.2 1.6 0.6 0.3 1.4
    Rocket Watts 16 8.4 2.0 2.9 0.1 0.0 0.9
    Gabe Brown 16 8.2 3.1 0.6 0.4 0.6 1.4

    UCLA Betting Data

  • UCLA has a 12-11 record against the spread, covering in 52.2% of their games.
  • When they are at least 2-point underdogs, the Bruins have a record ATS of 8-8.
  • In most of UCLA’s games this year, the teams have not hit the over (0 out of 23 games, 0%).
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    UCLA Leaders

    Bruins Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Chris Smith 5 12.6 7.8 1.8 1.0 0.6 1.0
    Jules Bernard 11 12.5 5.2 1.5 0.5 0.2 1.2
    Cody Riley 12 9.5 4.0 1.3 0.4 0.7 0.0
    Tyger Campbell 12 8.9 2.0 6.1 0.8 0.0 0.5
    Jalen Hill 5 7.6 5.6 1.2 0.2 1.4 0.0
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