In their last 16 trips to the NCAA Tournament, the Michigan State Spartans are 12-4 SU and 10-6 ATS in their opening games.
4-seed Michigan State is expected to continue its success on Thursday going off as a 14-point favorite over 13-seed Delaware.
Michigan State entered the season ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and has looked the part of an elite team in March, finishing the year on a 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS run to win the Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan State had gone just 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS over its previous 10 games. The Spartans are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a double-digit favorite.
The Delaware Blue Hens have been fantastic in 2014 going 19-2 SU and 12-7-1 ATS over their last 21 games. Delaware ended the year with a 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS record over its last five games to lock up the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
[ Michigan State has better odds to win the tournament than No. 1 seeds Wichita State and Virginia ]
In Devon Saddler and Davon Usher, the Blue Hens have two players that average over 19 PPG.
The Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington hosts the Delaware vs. Michigan State game at 4:40pm ET.
Michigan State vs Delaware Trends
MSU won and covered five straight on way to Big Ten title
MSU 7-3 ATS past 10 as double-digit favorite, but lost twice SU in that role
MSU 12-4 SU, 10-6 ATS in first-round games
Delaware 19-2 SU since January 2014,
Delaware 10-3 ATS past 13 games as underdogs