Marquette vs. Michigan State 3/19/23 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/17/2023 at 11:02 PM ET

On Sunday, the No. 7 seeded Michigan State Spartans play the No. 2 seeded Marquette Golden Eagles in the second round of the NCAA basketball East region at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan State opened its NCAA tournament with a 72-62 victory over the No. 10 seeded USC Trojans. Joey Hauser scored a team high 17 points for Michigan State. The Spartans held UFC to 28 second half points.

During the regular season, Tyson Walker was the leading scorer for Michigan State with an average of 14.6 points per game, while Joey Hauser was the second leading scorer and the leading rebounder with averages of 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. AJ Hoggard was the leader in assists with an average of 6.0 assists per game. Michigan State scored an average of 70.2 points per game.

Marquette opened its 2023 NCAA tournament with a decisive 78-61 victory over the No. 15 seeded Vermont Catamounts. Kam Jones was the leading scorer for Marquette with 19 points. Marquette played a balanced attack and pulled away down the stretch to win by 17. The Golden Eagles shot 51.8% overall and held Vermont to just 43.4% shooting. Marquette hit 50% of its attempts from three-point territory.

During the regular season Kam Jones was the leading scorer for Marquette with an average of 15.0 points per game, while Tyler Kolek was the second leading scorer and the leader in assists with averages of 13.3 points and.7.7 assists per game. Oso Ighodaro was the leading rebounder with an average of 5.9 rebounds per game. Marquette scored an average of 79.9 points per game.

Marquette will pick up a victory in the second round and move into the Sweet 16 on Sunday, but the play here is UNDER. The UNDER has cashed in each of Marquette's last four and in seven of the Golden Eagles last nine. Michigan State has a tough defense that will prevent Marquette's high-scoring offense from running up the score. The Spartans allow an average of only 67.4 points per game. Final Score Prediction, Marquette Golden Eagles win but our best play is UNDER 71-67.

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