NCAA Tournament Picks & Odds: UCLA vs. Michigan State Predictions

Drew Martin has two picks for Thursday's college basketball action
Drew Martin
Thu, March 18, 9:42 AM EDT

NCAA Tournament Picks & Odds: UCLA vs. Michigan State Predictions

Our college basketball handicapper Drew Martin is back for the First Four. Drew guides us through today's game between UCLA and Michigan State. He also adds a bonus pick for the NIT too. That’s right, not only are you getting a pick for Thursday’s March Madness action, but Drew is breaking down the NIT as well.

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Watch Drew break down his best bets for Thursday, March 18

Drew gets us started with probably the best matchup of the entire night as two potential 11 seeds, Michigan State and UCLA, face off with a spot in the first round on the line. These are two blue blood programs that aren’t used to having to play their way into the tournament, so there will be a lot of pride on the line as well.

Michigan State’s offense really just runs through one player in forward Aaron Henry. Hery averages 15.3 points per game, as well as 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He is the only Spartan to average double-digits and is also tied with fellow forward Joey Hauser as the team’s top rebounder.

UCLA has a much more balanced offensive attack with six players putting up more than 10 points per game. Leading the way is sophomore Johnny Juzang with 14 points per contest.

Drew is also bringing us picks from Thursday’s game between No. 3 SMU and No. 2 Boise State in the NIT. The Broncos are just a 1-point favorite, and Drew has his eyes on some value he sees when these two teams meet in the tournament’s nightcap.

Drew's NCAA Tournament Picks - Thursday March 18

Michigan State -2 @ -108 (Click to Bet)

Boise State -1 @ -104  (Click to Bet)

Check back this weekend for more picks from Drew Martin for the NCAA Tournament. We'll be breaking down the bets to place and the odds. Stay tuned! 

Drew Martin
With an athletic and financial background, Drew Martin and sports betting were the perfect marriage. During his tenure at the investment bank, Martin spent his nights handicapping and betting on sports and after steadily building his bankroll, felt it was time to move on to the next chapter of his life, in 2014 Martin became a full-time sports bettor and handicapper.
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