Texas Tech vs Michigan State: winner of the East Region, will play No. 3 Texas Tech, a first-time Final Four team out of the West Region, in Saturday’s second national semifinal. Here’s what you need to know.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders already have gone where no other team in school history has been. And on Saturday night the Red Raiders can extend their most successful season in program history. Texas Tech (30-6) can advance to its first national championship game when it plays the Michigan State Spartans in the 2019 Final Four in Minneapolis. Michigan State (32-6) is riding high as well after upsetting No. 1 Duke in the East Regional final. Tipoff is set for 8:49 p.m. ET at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Spartans are favored by 2.5 points in the latest Texas Tech vs. Michigan State odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 132. Before locking in any Texas Tech vs. Michigan State picks of your own, be sure to check out the 2019 Final Four predictions from SportsLine expert Matt Norlander.
Norlander is a national award-winning writer for CBS Sports who has covered college basketball since 2007. From insightful features to weekly game analysis, Norlander covers the sport from every angle. He also co-hosts the popular CBS Sports College Basketball Podcast.
Moreover, he has a keen eye for these programs and has nailed all four of his all-time picks involving Texas Tech and two consecutive picks in games involving Michigan State, combining for a 6-0 run on these teams. Anybody following those picks is up big right now.
Now, he has analyzed Texas Tech vs. Michigan State in the Final Four 2019 from every possible angle and locked in a confident against-the-spread selection. It’s available only at SportsLine.
Norlander knows that Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has experience bringing his team to the Final Four whereas Texas Tech coach Chris Beard will be entering uncharted waters. This will be Izzo’s eighth time in the Final Four with the Spartans. He led Michigan State to the national title in 2000 and a runner-up finish in ’09.
Norlander also has factored in that the Spartans can beat teams with their offense or their defense. According to kenpom.com, Michigan State is the fifth-best offensive team in the country (scoring 121.7 points per 100 possessions) and the eighth-best defensive team in the country (90.2). So far in the tournament, the Spartans have played typical Izzo-brand basketball, locking down opposing offenses (61.3 points per game), dominating the glass (8.0 rebound margin per game) and sharing the ball offensively (16.3 assists per game).
But just because the Spartans boast exceptional balance does not guarantee they will cover the Texas Tech vs. Michigan State spread in the Final Four 2019.
Norlander has also taken into account that the Red Raiders have a suffocating defense that can shut down even the nation’s best offensive team. Texas Tech has the nation’s stingiest defense, according to KenPom, allowing just 84.0 points per 100 possessions. In the NCAA Tournament 2019, the Red Raiders are allowing just 57 points per game and opponents are shooting 37.4 percent from the field. Texas Tech held Gonzaga’s potent offense, the highest-scoring in the country, to just 69, almost 20 below their season average.
The Red Raiders also have a potential NBA lottery pick, Jarrett Culver, on their side. In the 2019 NCAA Tournament, the do-it-all sophomore guard and Big 12 Player of the Year is averaging 21.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
We can tell you Norlander is leaning under, but his much stronger play is against the spread. He’s found a critical x-factor that has him going big on one side. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.
Who wins Michigan State vs. Texas Tech? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Michigan State vs. Texas Tech spread you should be all over Saturday, all from the college basketball expert who’s nailed six picks in a row involving the Red Raiders and Spartans.
After a grueling college basketball season trimmed the list of possible champions from 351 to 68 in a matter of weeks, we’ve now gone from 68 down to the Final Four. That’s right, one of the best weekends in college basketball is here with an unusual quartet of teams vying for the right to be the 2019 NCAA National Champions in Virginia, Michigan State, Texas Tech and Auburn.
We could be looking at a first-time champion in the 81st edition of the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State is the only one of the teams remaining to have won a national championship, winning in 1979 and 2000.
Texas Tech has the highest margin of victory in the tournament, winning by an average of 15 points, but is the underdog against Michigan State. Do our CBS Sports experts expect the Red Raiders’ run to continue? Meanwhile, can Auburn, who has never even reached a Final Four, keep its Cinderella season alive against the vaunted Cavaliers?
Our experts were all asked to pick the winners for each Final Four game — both straight-up and against the spread — and most of them are on the same page.