Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Wolverines vs Red Raiders CBB Odds
Looking for Michigan Wolverines vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders NCAA basketball free tournament picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Wolverines taking on the Red Raiders on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA tournament basketball predictions like this Wolverines Red Raiders march madness matchup.
30-6 (6-1 N) Michigan Wolverines vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 28-6 (5-2 N)
March Madness: West Regional – Sweet 16
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 9:39 PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa
CBB Moneyline Odds: Michigan -115
CBB Betting Odds: Michigan -2
CBB Betting Total: 126
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The Michigan Wolverines will bring their highly-touted defense into a Sweet Sixteen matchup with the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday night. They were able to outlast a Florida Gators team in round 2 thanks to their defense allowing just 34% shooting on the night for their opponent.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders also possess a highly-ranked defense in ranking 2nd and 3rd in the nation in points allowed per game (59) along with field goal percentage allowed (38%). They will be looking to extend the momentum of a convincing victory over a solid Buffalo Bulls team in round 2 of the tournament.
Michigan began to pull away in the second half versus Florida as they outscored them by a 32-21 margin en route to the victory. Jordan Poole and Isiah Livers led the team with 19 and 10 points, respectively, with Poole going 4-9 from long-range.
Poole (13 ppg) has increased his offensive production recently while also shooting 38% from three-point range. On the other hand, 6’7 forward Ignas Brazdeikis had an off game with only 5 points; Yet, continues to have the ability to stretch the floor in shooting 49% from the floor along with 40% from the arc.
Seven-foot center in John Teske (910 ppg, 8 rebs) shoots over 50% from the floor while having 73 blocks on the year. Finally, despite struggling lately, Charles Matthews (12 ppg, 5 rebs) continues to shoot decently from the floor at 44% on a nightly basis.
In all, the Wolverines possess a bevy of talent on this year’s squad. Combine this with the fact that they are 6-1 in neutral site contests on the year, look for this contest to be a very competitive matchup from start to finish.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Texas Tech Red Raiders blew past the Buffalo Bulls in their last outing thanks to 48% shooting as a team along with 16 points along with 10 rebounds from leading scorer Jarrett Culver. Culver (19 ppg, 7 rebs) recorded his second double-double in the last three outings for the Red Raiders.
Norense Odiase also chipped in 14 points for Texas Tech while Matt Mooney along with Davide Moretti chipped in 11 points each in the victory. Tyriq Owens also poured in 10 points while grabbing 7 rebounds as well.
In all, the Red Raiders hunkered down on the defensive end in this matchup as the Bulls shot a mere 36% from the perimeter. They also committed 16 turnovers on the night while also being heavily outrebounded by the Red Raiders to boot.
And while Texas Tech is not known for lighting up the scoreboard, they certainly have the talent to do so. However, their defense is where their success lies as they have only allowed 70 points to opponents in just two of their last four games.
CBB Betting Trends:
- MICH is 4-1 ATS in last five games
- Under is 4-1 in MICH last five games
- TXTCH is 8-1 ATS in last nine games
- The over is 6-2 in TXTCH last eight games
Free Michigan Wolverines vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders NCAAB Prediction:
This will certainly be a defensive-minded contest amongst two of the best teams in the nation. It is for this reason that I will certainly back the under to be the strong play in the end as the Red Raiders will cover the small, plus points.
Michigan will certainly come to play in this contest, however, the defense for Texas Tech is, in my opinion, much more solid and will limit quality looks at the basket all night long for the Wolverines. In all, look for Texas Tech to pick up the slim 65-60 victory in an exciting matchup.
4* Free Sweet 16 Betting Pick: Red Raiders
The under has been the play in four of the last five games for the Wolverines. On the other hand, it has also been the result in three of the last five games for the Red Raiders. Look for these trends to continue in what will be a low-scoring affair amongst two defensive-oriented teams.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Michigan 60 – Texas Tech 65
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