The Michigan Wolverines found themselves in Sweet Sixteen for the fifth consecutive season, despite a very difficult regular season. There are many people, myself included, who are a bit surprised to see them plant such a tall seed. But they came to the fore at the right time, as many teams have done this time of year, and now they’ve clinched a second straight Elite Eight win.
Michigan will have perhaps the toughest test of the tournament on Thursday night when they face fifth seed Villanova Wildcats. Villanova overcame Delaware in the first round with a score of 20 and then beat Michigan’s Big Ten rivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes, with a score of 10. Michigan split this year’s OSU but won the final game against score 76-69. Here are the odds for this Sweet Sixteen confrontation, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Total: 135.5 (Above -110/Under -110)
I briefly covered this game in my Villanova Sweet Sixteen preview this but will reiterate my thoughts anyway. The biggest problem I have with the Wolverines here is their lack of attack depth when compared to the Wildcats. The only player the opposing teams had to plan in Michigan was Hunter Dickinson. Other than that, no other player can consistently take over a game for the Wolverines.
Meanwhile, Villanova has not only one but four people who always have to closely monitor the defense. With four players averaging double figures, it’s no surprise that the Wildcats are the eighth-best team in the nation in KenPom-adjusted offensive efficiency. Nova averages 118.3 points per 100 possession and I think that should be more than enough to get Michigan home before they can make even more noise in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Pick: Villanova -5 (-110)
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