The No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners will be looking for their third straight SU win, but just their first back-to-back ATS wins in their last 10 games, when they meet the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans in a Sweet Sixteen showdown on Friday night.
And they are a rare third seed underdog to a 7 seeded team, getting two points on the betting menu over at Bodog.
The Sooners reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2009 by overcoming a nine-point second-half deficit to knock off No. 11 Dayton 72-66 in the Round of 32, covering as four-point betting favorites. Oklahoma faces the Spartans for just the second time in 12 years, dropping an 87-76 decision to Michigan State last season, but covering as 11.5-point underdogs.
The Spartans upset No. 2 Virginia with a 60-54 win as 4.5-point underdogs in the Round of 32, their sixth SU win in their last seven and fourth ATS win in their last six. Michigan State is making their fourth straight Sweet Sixteen appearance and is now 9-3 SU in their last 12 March Madness contests, and 2-0 ATS in this year’s tourney.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Michigan State Spartans will look to cover the spread vs the Oklahoma Sooners on Friday, as the Spartans are 20-16 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Sooners are 17-17 ATS. Michigan State is 20-14-1 against the total, while Oklahoma is 13-20 versus the total betting line.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Oklahoma Sooners rated this week at No. 51 and the Michigan State Spartans sitting at No. 127.
How Michigan State Spartans vs Oklahoma Sooners Stats Matchup
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oklahoma has the nation’s No. 43-rated offensive output, at 71.85 PPG. The visiting Michigan State Spartans defense ranks No. 71 allowing on average 63.14 PPG. The Sooners FG% has averaged 43.69% so far, less than the Oklahoma Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.99% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Michigan State earned a 60-54 victory over Virginia on Sunday, getting 23 points from Travis Trice at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Jordan Woodard scored 16 points leading the Sooners to a 72-66 victory over Dayton at Nationwide Arena on Sunday.
Sweet 16 Betting Trends:
Past two 3 vs 7 matchups won by 7s (UConn 2014, Florida 2012)
MSU played 9 of 12 UNDERs in Sweet 16 since 1996
Oklahoma perfect 4-0 ATS in Sweet 16 since 1996
Oklahoma 1-5 ATS past six games overall as underdog