Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Michigan Wolverines vs. Scarlet Knights CBB Odds
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2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(19-12) Michigan Wolverines vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (20-11)
Date: Thursday March 12
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Michigan -3
CBB Betting Total: 135
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“And. Here. We. Go.” – The late Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight Rises, circa 2008.
The Big Ten tournament should shake out as the deepest, most competitive, and most entertaining conference tournament in the nation. And, this game is just the beginning. Here’s a link to the full Big Ten conference bracket!
Michigan had a quiet run in the middle of the season, which pushed them to top-20 in the AP Poll and top-10 in KenPom. The Wolverines looked like one of the best teams in the Big Ten.
Unfortunately, they are just 1-3 SU and ATS in their last four games. That run included a home-win against Nebraska, which doesn’t really count as a win, and a home loss to Wisconsin, which is a bad loss.
Zavier Simpson is the heart and soul of this team, and his NCAA-leading 8 assists/game is the engine that makes the Michigan offense run.
However, wing-player Isaiah Livers is Michigan’s “best” player. When Livers plays well, Michigan wins. For example, the Wolverines are 12-2 when Livers scores in double-digits. And when he missed a 10-game stretch due to injuries earlier this season, the Wolverines went just 4-6 in that stretch.
It’s important for the entire Michigan team to be healthy. Because when they are, they are tough to beat.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers is having quite the special season.
They are monstrous against the spread. They’re 19-9 ATS on the season and undefeated ATS against ranked teams (!!!!!).
The Scarlet Knights are powered by their defense. They have the 6th-best KenPom adjusted defense, wherein they have the 13th-best eFG% against. They rebound well, too; top-70 in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage.
They are horrendously inefficient on offense, and make their threes at one of the worst rates in the nation (296th, to be exact). And they have poor guard play, running most of their offense through Ron Harper.
However, whatever the formula might be, it seems to be working. Rutgers covers a lot.
Free Michigan Wolverines vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights NCAAB Prediction:
Michigan swept the season series between these two teams, and Isaiah Livers played in neither of those games.
That’s a bad sign for the Scarlet Knights. I think it means the Wolverines match up well with Rutgers. Zavier Simpson and Eli Brooks are a better backcourt than Jacob Young and Geo Baker. Plus, I think Franz Wagner and Jon Teske can hold their own against Ron Harper and Myles Johnson.
Rutgers are scary this season. However, in the last eight meetings between Rutgers and Michigan, the Wolverines are 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS.
That’s not an anomaly, that’s domination. Throw Livers in the lineup in any capacity, and I think Michigan wins convincingly tomorrow morning.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Michigan -3
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