By CBSSports: The Tuesday night college basketball card features two pairings between four of the seven best teams in the country to fully travel the 2017-18 season.
And before you make your pick, you’ll have to see what Matt Norlander, an expert in college basketball at SportsLine, has to say.
Norlander is a nationally distinguished author for CBS Sports, who has covered college basketball since 2007. From award-winning features to weekly game analysis, Norlander covers the sport from all angles. Every October, it delivers a complete Internet classification of the 351 college basketball teams.
The award-winning college hoops writer has released his first four selections for SportsLine, including Duke-Michigan State and Kentucky-Kansas.
For Tuesday’s No. 1 game against No. 2, we can say that Norlander loves Michigan State (+2) against Duke at the United Center in Chicago.
The Blue Devils won the best recruiting class in 2017 in the nation after the 247sports composite classification. However, Michigan State has the advantage when it comes to experience.
The Spartans bring back many key players to a team that was defensively resilient last season, giving up an average of 68.7 points. Top scorers, Miles Bridges and Nick Ward, are also returning to give the MSU continuity, which could bear fruit especially at the start of the season.
A surprise: Norlander chooses a winless Rice team that won eight games under 0.500 last season to win at home to Georgia State +8.5. Norlander knows that Rice is in a rebuilding season, but believes that 8.5 points in the first week of the season are too much for the broadcast. Rice is 14-6 in their last 20 home games, while Georgia State is 1-5 against the spread in their last six away games.
Norlander also suggested a good selection for the Kentucky-Kansas Showdown, the two most winning college basketball games in NCAA Division 1. And he shares it on SportsLine.
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