Saturday, March 22, 2014

Harvard vs. Michigan State Breakdown & Prediction

No. 12 Harvard vs. No. 4 Michigan State
Time: 8:40PM ET
Venue: Spokane Arena
Records: Harvard 27-4; Michigan State 27-8
Harvard stat leaders: Points – Wesley Saunders (13.9 ppg); Rebounds – Steve Moundou-Missi (5.8 rpg); Assists – Siyani Chambers (4.6 apg); Steals – Saunders (1.7 spg).
Michigan State stat leaders: Points – Garry Harris (16.9 ppg); Rebounds – Branden Dawson (8.2 rpg); Assists – Keith Appling (4.7 apg); Steals – Harris (1.9 spg).
Current Streaks: Harvard W9, Michigan State W4
Point Spread: Michigan State -7
Prediction: Harvard showed a lot of athleticism in its win over Cincinnati and the Crimson bring a strong defense into this game. They give up just 60.4 points and allow the 17th fewest rebounds in the country. Harvard will certainly play disciplined basketball, but the Crimson don’t have the athletes to compete with the Spartans. Michigan State continued to flourish offensively against Delaware. The defense could have put up a better effort, but the Spartans don’t need a lockdown defense to win this game. Michigan State is just playing at another level right now. Harvard is a great story and the Crimson will put up a fight, but the Spartans will eventually just be too much for them. Michigan State 74, Harvard 64

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