March Madness odds excitement for the Final Four will again include the Michigan State Spartans, who were the March Madness gambling runners up last year. Michigan State has beaten the March Madness odds in three out of their four tournament games for a phenomenal turnaround as they entered the “Dance Floor” as one of the coldest and least appealing teams to make a March Madness bet with.
Michigan State scored an opening round win but failed to get the payout with the March Madness odds over New Mexico State in a 70-67 win as 13-point favorites. Kalin Lucas had 25 points to pace the Spartans.
State next scored a payout with the March Madness odds over Maryland 85-83 as 1-point dogs as Durrell Summers led the Spartans with 26 points and Raymar Morgan had 17 points and 9 rebounds.
In the “Sweet Sixteen” round of play Michigan State ended the Cinderella run over Northern Iowa with a 59-52 win as 1.5-point chalks as Summers had 19 points and 7 rebounds as Michigan State held Northern Iowa to 38.6% shooting from the floor and held a 30-21 rebound edge.
That set up Michigan State’s “Elite Eight” matchup with Tennessee as 2-point dogs. The Spartans beat the March Madness odds and got their Final Four ticket punched in a dramatic 70-69 win as Summers again came through to lead the team with 21 points while Morgan had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Michigan State now stands at 28-8 straight up and 15-20 against the spread including 11-17 as a favorite. The Spartans have gone under the total in 9 out of 12 away games this year.
Michigan State is the most experienced team in the Final Four which could be a significant intangible edge with the March Madness odds.
Having lost the championship game to North Carolina last year they now have the opportunity to redeem themselves and finish the job after earlier looking like a team that would not be needing their “dance shoes” past the first round or two.