Tennessee vs. Michigan State 2010 Elite 8 Odds, Picks & Predictions: Five-seed Michigan State and sixth-seed Tennessee each survived close games on Friday in the "Sweet Sixteen" or Midwest Regionals of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Friday to advance to the East Finals on Sunday.
College basketball oddsmakers at online super-sportsbook Bodog.com have installed the Volunteers as 1 1/2-chalk favorites versus the Spartans with a 137 total.
Tennessee placed third in the SEC East this season, and made it to the conference tournament championship game, where they lost to Kentucky. The Volunteers then opened this tournament with a 62-59 victory over San Diego State, then beat Ohio in the second round last Saturday. Tennessee advanced to Sunday's regional final by nipping 2-seed Ohio State 76-73 in a Sweet 16 battle on Friday (March 26).
Tennessee won the game vs. Ohio State as 4.5-point underdogs, while the 149 points sailed OVER the posted total of 137.
Michigan State finished in a first-place tie atop the Big Ten this season, but they got bounced out of the conference tournament in the quarters by Minnesota. The Spartans then opened this tournament with a 70-67 victory over New Mexico, then got a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer from Korie Lucious to beat Maryland 85-83 on Sunday. The Spartans advanced to the Regional Finals by defeating tournament Cinderella Northern Iowa 59-52 on Friday.
Michigan State won the game vs. Northern Iowa as a -1 1/2 point favorite, while the 111 points went UNDER the posted total of 121.5.
NCAA Tournament Predictions: Tennessee is better than what many pundits earlier thought and should whip the short handed Spartans on Sunday. VOLS – 1 1/2.
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