North Carolina vs. Michigan State odds, score prediction: successful model bets for 2024 NCAA Tournament.

The No. 9 seed Michigan State Spartans (20-14) play the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (28-7) in the West Region second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Alabama vs. Grand Canyon's winner faces the winner in the Sweet 16. UNC leads with 132 NCAA Tournament wins, while Michigan State is sixth with 73. March Madness suits Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, especially when seeded lower. With 17 tournament wins, he holds the record.

This game starts at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Current SportsLine odds for Michigan State vs. North Carolina favor the Tar Heels by 4 points and the over/under for total points is 142.5. See the SportsLine Projection Model's college basketball predictions and betting tips before betting on North Carolina vs. Michigan State.

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The algorithm now looks at Michigan State vs. UNC for March Madness predictions. Head to SportsLine to see the model's picks. College basketball odds and trends for UNC vs. Michigan State:

NC-4 vs. Michigan State. North Carolina-Michigan State over/under: 142.5 Carolina -188, Michigan State +156 money line. UNC has defeated Michigan State in four NCAA Tournament games. The Spartans are 8-4 against the spread in non-conference games. 

Picks for Michigan State-North Carolina: Picks at SportsLine North Carolina can cover Before this game, the Tar Heels have certain betting trends in their favor. Their road record was 12-8 ATS this season, while Michigan State's was 8-7-1. They covered 77% when favored between -2 and -6, as they are here.

Their forward Armando Bacot and guard RJ Davis are one of the best inside-outside duos. This season, Bacot averages 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. Davis leads the squad with 21.4 points and 41% 3-point shooting. Pick your team here.

Why Michigan State covers After a 10-10 Big Ten season for sixth place and a weak non-conference record, the Spartans' placement in the 64-team tournament was heavily questioned. It didn't help that Izzo publicly suggested the NCAA Tournament end mid-major conference automatic berths

With Izzo leading the team to eight Final Fours and the 2000 national championship, they entered the NCAA Tournament with a no-loss mentality thanks to defense and rebounding.

Michigan State beat Mississippi State in the first round by holding the Bulldogs to 37% shooting, 35-29 rebounding, and 15 turnovers. Tyson Walker scored 19 and Jaden Akins 15 and 7 rebounds. Pick your team here.

Making Michigan State vs. North Carolina choices SportsLine's model predicts 144 points for the total. The model says one side of the spread hits over 50% of simulations. SportsLine solely displays the model's picks. 

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