Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan State Spartans, NCAA Tournament Final Four. The Red Raiders arrive with the greatest aspirations in years. The team is eager to win and reach the end of the championship and possibly obtain a title. The road has not been easy, they lost the opportunity in the conference but the season was good for the Red Raiders. The Spartans also reached the final four after going through a dangerous road in the Big Ten, they are also conference champions.
Texas Tech Red Raiders: A unique opportunity in life.
The Red Raiders had a spectacular start to the season with ten wins. The best winning streak for them in the last two years. The overall record was 26-5 in the regular season. The team had the first place in the conference with 14-4 but they lost the first game of the championship against the Big 12 against West Virginia 74-79. But in the NCAA Tournament things were totally different with four solid victories. Northern Kentucky 72-57, Buffalo 78-58, Michigan Wolverines 63-44 and the last victory against “supposed favorites” Gonzaga 75-69.
The team has maintained an average of high points per game with 73.0 points per game, 25.90 FG points, 72.20% free throw shots, 7.14 three pointers, 13.41 assists. The defense has been good allowing only 59 points per game, 19.24 FG points, 68.3% free throw shots, 6.17 three pointers and 9.21 assists.
The ATS record is 19-16-1 overall. In the NCAA Tournament the record is also positive with 4-0-0 in the last games. In the first two games against Kentucky and Buffalo the team was favorite with -13.0 and -4.0 respectively. The last two games the Red Raiders were underdogs against Michigan Wolverines +1.5 and Gonzaga +5.0. This is the first time they have played against the Spartans.
Michigan State Spartans: We’re here for something.
The Spartans are the champions of the Big Ten, the win for the title of the conference was against Michigan Wolverines 65-60. The regular season was good for the Spartans even though they lost the first game with Kansas 87-92. The regular season record was 25-6. In the NCAA Tournament the first three wins were easy against Bradley 76-65, Minnesota 70-50 and Louisiana State 80-63. The team has not lost a game since March 5 against Nebraska in the penultimate of the regular season. 9-0-0 since March 5.
The Spartans’ offense is one of the most dangerous in the NCAA with 78.3 points per game, 28.33 FG points, 74.4% free throw shots, 8.37 three pointers, 19.37 assists. The defense allows only 65.1 points per game, 23.30 FG points, 67.1% free throw shots, 7.23 three pointers and 12.20 assists.
The ATS record is 28-10-0 overall, in the championship the conference was 2-1-0, the team was underdog against Wolverines for the title +1.5. In the four games of the NCAA Tournament the ATS record is 3-1-0. In the first game against Bradley the team could not complete -17.5 in the spread. The Spartans were favorites against Minnesota -10.5 and LSU -6.0, only against Duke were underdogs with +2.5 in the spread.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan State Spartans 04/06/2019 is: take the Michigan State Spartans -2.5 (Point Spread).
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