Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Wolverines vs Gators CBB Odds
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29-6 (5-1 N) Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators 20-15 (6-3 N)
March Madness: West Regional – Round 2
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 5:15 PM ET
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Michigan -6.5
CBB Betting Total: 118½
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The 10th seed Florida Gators took out a solid, 7th seed Nevada Wolfpack team in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night. The team has relied on a stingy defensive approach throughout the season as they are allowing just 41% shooting per night.
The 2nd seed Michigan Wolverines quickly disposed of the 15th seeded Montana Grizzlies in its first round matcup. For the game, Charles Matthews recorded a double-double for the Wolverines while Ignas Brazdeikis poured in 14 points alongside 7 rebounds in the win.
Michigan continued their dominance on the defensive end versus the Grizzlies as they allowed just 33% shooting for the night along with 25% efficiency from long-range. On the season, they are allowing teams under 40% shooting for the year.
Aside from Matthews and Brazdeikis, Jordan Poole along with John Teske pumped in 10 and 11 points for a Michigan squad that shot 49% from the floor on the night. The Wolverines were not only able to get to the free-throw line frequently in this contest, but, also heavily outrebounded Montana by a 39-25 margin as well.
The 6’7″ Brazdeikis (15 pg, 5 rebs) continues to lead the team in scoring while shooting 47% from the floor. Furthermore, the forward also stretches the floor for Michigan in shooting an outstanding 41% from three-point range on the season.
Matthews (12 ppg) broke out a a scoring slump in this contest for Michigan as he went 8-12 from the field in the win over the Grizzlies. In all, the Wovlerines are solid favorites over the Gators in this contest as they will be looking to punch a ticket for their third straight year.
The Gators are ranked in the top-20 of teams within the nation in points per game at 64 points, on average. They were very dominant throughout their contest with the top-ranked Nevada Wolfpack in their first round victory.
For the game, they allowed 32% shooting along with just 21% from long-range on the night for Nevada. Cody Martin led the team with 23 points while Caleb Martin finished with 19 in the loss.
The Gators struggled from three-point range, yet shot 45% as a team for the game as Kevarrius Hayes (9 ppg) along with Jalen Hudson (8) led the team with 16 and 15 points. Both players have increased their offensive production as of late as they have scored in double-digits in two straight outings.
Leading scorer in KeVaughn Allen (12 ppg) had an off nigh for the Gators versus Nevada in ending with 9 points on a 3-7 shooting night. On the other hand, the team’s second leading scorer in Noah Locke (10 ppg) shot the ball only three times while ending with 5 for the game.
CBB Betting Trends:
- The Gators are 5-0 ATS in last five games
- The Under is 4-1 in Gators last five games
- The Wolverines are 7-3 ATS in last ten games
- The Under is 3-1 in Wolverines last four outings
Free Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators NCAAB Prediction:
Both these teams have thrived on the fact that they can rely on a stout defense in which to compensate for their lack of offense from time to time. And while the Gators possesses a unit that allows just 42% shooting per game, as stated, the Wolverines have fared even better in permitting just 38%.
One can certainly expect a slower-paced, low-scoring matchup to where both teams will struggle versus two elite defenses. In all, look for the Wolverines to pull out a close 69-61 win in the end due to their ability to get critical stops late on the defensive end on an inconsistent Florida offense.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Michigan by 10
Look for Matthews and Brazdeikis to shine in this contest along with the Michigan defense as their performances will lead the Wolverines to the Elite 8 with a huge victory.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Michigan 71- Florida 61
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