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March Madness free picks are one of our top specialties this time of year here at Cappers Info, and we have another great one on the NCAA Tournament schedule on Friday night. The #3 Michigan State Spartans and the #2 Duke Blue Devils will meet in the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region, and we’re breaking down the NCAA basketball betting lines for the clash.
Midwest Region Picks: #3 Michigan State Spartans vs. #2 Duke Blue Devils
Date: Friday, March 29th, 9:45 p.m. ET
Midwest Region Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Michigan State vs. Duke Live on TV: CBS
Sweet 16 Betting Lines
#3 Michigan State Spartans +2
#2 Duke Blue Devils -2
You’re not going to find all that many games which are this tight to call. It’s a tough game to handicap, knowing that both of these teams have their own ways of going about winning clashes like this one. We’re a bit afraid of the Spartans, though. They have a history of not coming up big in the biggest games of the year. They choked on the road against Michigan, they were beaten both in the Big Ten Tournament and at the end of the regular season against Ohio State, and they were swept by Indiana. Granted, there aren’t any huge, glaring losses in there, but this is the time of year that you have to win the games like these if you want to go to Atlanta for the Final Four. Though we are a bit concerned over Duke’s lack of games against Big Ten-type teams this season, we think that it will be able to cope. We think that F Ryan Kelly is due for a significantly better game than he has played to this point in the tourney, and if that happens, we’ll see the Blue Devils at their best. There’s a real question as to whether G Keith Appling is truly healthy or whether he has some problems with his shoulder that will hamper him for the second straight game. The bottom line: Though we could see this one going either way, we know that Duke at its best is better than Michigan State at its best. We’ll trust that Coach K gets the job done in this one.
Michigan State vs. Duke Free Pick: Duke Blue Devils -2
Michigan State vs. Duke Predictions: Duke 69 – Michigan State 64