The Spartans were not expected to get back to the Final Four this season but head coach Tom Izzo found a way again. Last season, the Spartans lost in the title game to North Carolina in March Madness odds.
March Madness betting includes Michigan State in the Final Four for the sixth time n the last 12 years. When Michigan State lost guard Kalin Lucas to injury most people didn’t believe the Spartans could make the Final Four. Izzo is a fantastic coach though and he found a way to win. Michigan State will now face Butler in March Madness odds in the Final Four in Indianapolis on Saturday. If they can win that game they would play in the title game on Monday.
One thing you can almost guarantee in March Madness betting is that Michigan State is going to play a close game. They have had a number of games go right down to the wire and that happened again in the Elite Eight as they defeated Tennessee by a single point. Three of their last four games have been decided by two points or less.
Michigan State was actually an underdog in March Madness betting in the game against Tennessee. The game went back and forth and was not decided until Raymar Morgan hit a free throw with 1.8 seconds left to give the Spartans the lead. He missed the second free throw on purpose and Tennessee missed a desperation shot at the buzzer. Michigan State guard Durrell Summers led the way for Michigan State with 21 points while Morgan had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Neither team led by more than six in the contest.
Michigan State had done well in the past in the Elite Eight and that continued against Tennessee. In the second round and in Elite Eight games the Spartans are 15-3 under head coach Tom Izzo. The three losses all came against number one seeds. Izzo is a master at preparing his teams and the NCAA Tournament is all about making adjustments.
The Final Four 2010 matchup between Michigan State and Butler is an interesting one. Michigan State has Izzo and a team that has been in the Final Four before while Butler has the home court edge in Indianapolis. Butler is a 1.5 point favorite in March Madness betting with a total of 126.