March Madness Pick: Wofford vs Michigan
- Updated: March 19, 2014
Date/Time: March 20, 2014, 7:10 p.m. EST
College Basketball Betting Odds from BetOWI
Line: Michigan 16
The Michigan Wolverines enter the 2014 NCAA Tournament with plenty of reason to get excited. They went to the Final Four a year ago and have the skills to go deep in the tournament, but unfortunately they are put in the region of death, as people have learned to call it with all of the top teams that occupy the bracket. For the Wolverines it all starts in the first game against the Wofford Terries.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Wolverines listed as (-16.5) point favorites. That betting line has dropped a half of point and it can now be found at (-16) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks, this despite the fact that over 65 percent of the early betting is coming in on the Wolverines.
The Wolverines have good guard play which is important in the tournament. Guard Nik Stauskas (17.5 ppg, 3.3 apg) and forward Caris LeVert (13.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg) have been among the most reliable players for the Wolverines. These two could cause big problems for the Terriers.
Wofford also has plenty of talent, but they have struggled against some very good teams. Junior guard Karl Cochran leads the Terriers in scoring (15.7 ppg), assists (3.0) and steals (1.7). Wofford was 0-5 against the RPI Top 100 in 2013-14, with all of those losses coming by double-digits. That indicates that they will be in well over their heads against the Wolverines in this tournament opener.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have several positive wagering angles coming into this game. The Terriers are 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Wolverines are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a double-digit loss at home, 37-15-1 ATS in their last 53 games following a straight up loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games. Although it should be noted that the Wolverines are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games overall.
This is a very big number for the Wolverines to cover, but they are motivated by the fact that they lost in the Big Ten tournament championship game. Look for a good showing by the Wolverines as the Terriers fade early and do not present a challenge.
Free Pick: Michigan Wolverines -16