Today the 2015 NCAA Basketball Men’s Tournament stage Sweet 16 – Day 2 gets underway with on the 27th of March some 4 games, NC State vs. Louisville, Michigan State vs. Oklahoma, UCLA vs. Gonzaga and Utah vs. Duke.
The game that we are previewing in this article is the No. 3 seed of the East Region, the Sooners of Oklahoma 24-10 that are playing the No. 7 seed of the East Region, the Spartans of Michigan State 25-11 playing in a semifinal matchup at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York and the tip-off will take place at 7:25 PM ET and will be seen on TBS TV.
The Sooners of Oklahoma are coached by Mr. Lon Kruger who is in his 4th season with the Sooners as they are in this tournament via At-Large Bid from the Big 12 and his strategy uses guards and two forwards. . On the other side the Spartans of Michigan State are coached by Mr. Tom Izzo who is in his 20th season as the Spartans head coach whose game strategy uses 4 guards and 1 forward.
The odds on this game are favoring the Spartans of Michigan State at -2 with the Over/under at 134 ½ and on the Money Line the Spartans are -130 while the comeback on the Sooners on the Money Line is +110. The Sooners Points per game aggregate average for the starting 5 players is 12 PPG, Rebounds per game aggregate average is 5.7 RPG and Assists per game the aggregate average for the 5 starters is 1.2 APG. The Spartans Points per game aggregate average for the starting 5 players is 9.7 PPG, Rebounds per game aggregate average is 4.8 RPG and Assists per game the aggregate average for the 5 starters is 2.4 APG.
For the Sooners of Oklahoma that last time the won in the Sweet 16 and moved on to the Elite 8 was back in 1988, and this year’s appearance is their 29th time to make it to the Big Dance. In this year’s tournament the Sooners beat Albany in their opening game, and then got past Dayton in the last round.
The Spartans have managed to make it this far with their outstanding defense as the beat Georgia at the time No.10. then Virginia who was No. 2 at the time and were able to hold them to a 31.2 percent completion on field goals, which speaks highly of the Sooner defense as of late.
If you Bet on College at an Online Sportbook, you should know that both the Sooners of Oklahoma and the Spartans of MSU are both averaging near 71 points each game this season.
If you’re a Sooner fan, and are considering a wager on this match-up, you surely know your team beat the Flyers of Dayton to arrive at the Sweet 16 stage of the 2015 Tournament. Their star guard Hield who is the Big 12 player of 2014-15 scored some 15 points as he normally leads his team in scoring, but in this game he was outscored by teammate guard Woodard who led both teams in the game scoring at 16 points.
In this game the Sooners will look to their rebound abilities to try and overcome the Spartans defense that is known for not allowing opponents many 2nd opportunities. If their rebounding against Dayton was an example then look our Spartans.
If you’re from Michigan or a Spartans fan and will wager on this Sweet 16 game you can rest assured that after their coaches 20 years he certainly has the knowledge as to what it take to win at this stage of an annual NCAA Tournament. In the Spartans last 6 games they are 4 and 2 against the spread and in this game the Spartans will rely on their strong defense to limit the Sooner’s scoring chances, and that will give their scoring star guard Trice to be their leading scorer once again, who is averaging some 19.4 PPG this season, and lead his team to victory and on to the Elite 8.