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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Harvard

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The Harvard Crimson pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the 2014 NCAA tournament so far, and Adreian Payne gave us a reason to believe that Michigan State is a national title contender again. The two will meet up in the round of 32 and Michigan State will definitely be the favorite.

Although Harvard did upset Cincinnati, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise. The Crimson also beat No. 3 seed New Mexico in last year’s tournament.

What to Watch For

After his big performance in the Spartans’ first game of the tourney, Adreian Payne is definitely one to watch out for. He dropped 41 points on Delaware. Players like Keith Appling and Gary Harris will have to contribute in the scoring department as well.

Wesley Saunders led Harvard with 12 points against the Bearcats and he will probably have to score more if this team is going to make the Sweet 16.

Prediction

As good of a team as Harvard is, Michigan State is playing really good basketball right now. It has everyone back and is once again a national title contender. Don’t let the Spartans’ No. 4 seed fool you, they are just as talented as any team in the dance and they have experience. Those two things are so important. Tom Izzo has coached his team to the Final Four a time or two and I really think he will do so again this year. However, everyone –who doesn’t care about their brackets– will be rooting for Harvard to pull off the major upset.

Michigan State 74 Harvard 61

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