Two No.5 seeds meet in the Final Four betting on Saturday with Butler having the decided home court edge with the game being played at Indianapolis. The Bulldogs are the first team since UCLA in 1972 to play a Final Four in their hometown. The experience edge though goes to Michigan State as they have head coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans also have Durrell Summers who is averaging 20 points in the last four games.
Butler is a 1.5 point favorite with a total of 126 at SBG Global.
Last season Michigan State got all of the hometown support and made it to the championship game before losing to North Carolina. This time it is Butler that has the hometown edge. The Bulldogs are also the better team as they have won 24 straight games. It is no fluke that Butler is here. They have not allowed more than 70 points in a game since Dec. 8. They have an excellent player in Gordon Hayward who is averaging 15.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Michigan State made it to the Final Four betting even though they lost one of their best players, Kalin Lucas, who tore his Achilles’ tendon last week. “I talked to them this morning about separating themselves,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. “We’ve gone through a lot of things this year, not as bad as sometimes portrayed, and yet not as smooth as some years that we’ve had.” The Spartans also got a huge break in their part of the bracket as #1 Kansas, #2 Ohio State and #3 Georgetown were all upset. The Spartans only had to beat one team seeded higher and that was #4 Maryland on a three-point shot at the buzzer.
The Spartans are 25-10-1 ATS in their last 36 NCAA Tournament games. The Spartans are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games. The Spartans are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. the Horizon League.
The Bulldogs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Big Ten. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Bulldogs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games. The Bulldogs are 43-21-1 ATS in their last 65 non-conference games.
The Over is 8-0 in the Spartans last 8 vs. the Horizon League. The Over is 6-2 in the Spartans last 8 neutral site games. The Under is 8-1 in the Bulldogs last 9 overall. The Under is 5-1 in the Bulldogs last 6 non-conference games.