Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Wolverines vs. Bruins CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Tournament Basketball Handicapping
(23-4) #1 Michigan Wolverines vs. #11 UCLA Bruins (21-9)
Date: Tuesday March 30th, 2021
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: Michigan -330 , UCLA 270
CBB Betting Odds: UCLA +7.5
CBB Betting Total: O/U 137
The No. 1-seed Michigan Wolverines will take on the No. 11-seed UCLA Bruins at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in a East Region Elite Eight showdown.
Michigan has silenced the skeptics and advanced to the programs 4th Elite Eight appearance since 2013, tied for most in the nation. The Wolverines dominated Florida State on Sunday, winning 76-58.
UCLA has continued their cinderella story and are looking to join 2011 VCU as the only teams to play in the first four and final four. The Bruins took down #2 Alabama Sunday in OT 87-77.
The winner is set to take on the either #1 Gonzaga or #6 USC next weekend for a shot in the National Championship.
Michigan was tested in the round of 32 by LSU throughout and were only able to pull away late to win and cover 86-78. Eli Brooks and Chaundee Brown both dropped in 21 points while big man Hunter Dickinson had a (12 point, 11 rebound) double double.
In the Sweet Sixteen the Wolverines totally dismantled Florida State and won by 18 points after only bein favored by 2 points. Brandon Johns Jr. and Hunter Dickinson both scored a game high 14 points.
This team has seemed to learn to play without senior F Isaiah Livers, who was lost during the Big Ten tourney due to a long-term foot injury.
7’1″ Hunter Dickinson is a freshman that stands taller than nearly everyone he matches up against, but his size is just a part of his arsenal. Dickinson is making his impact felt on a nightly basis, averaging a team-high 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game
The #1 seed Wolverines have scored 116.1 points per 100 possessions for the season (11th in the NCAA) while only surrendering 92.1 points per 100 possessions for the season (25th in the NCAA)
UCLA entered the Big Dance on a 4-game skid and had to play an extra tourney game as it drew a First Four assignment. They needed overtime to beat #11 Michigan State 86-80, followed with a 73-62 first-round victory over #6 BYU, squashed the dreams of “Cinderella” #14 Abilene Christian 67-47 and most recently took #2 Alabama to OT and won 87-77.
UCLA is back in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008 under second-year coach Mick Cronin.
Sophomore guards Johnny Juzang (22.3 PPG last three games) and Jamie Jaquez Jr. (16.7 PPG) have led the way in the tournament for this Bruins team. Mick Cronin earned his first berth to the NCAA Tournament as the UCLA coach and he has got his team playing fast and aggressive. They have shown no quit in any of their games and are not a team that will roll over for anyone.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Michigan is 3-4 ATS in last 7 games
- Michigan is 4-3 SU in last 7 games
- Michigan UNDERS are 9-4 in last 13 games
- UCLA is 4-0 SU in this tournament
- UCLA is 4-0 ATS in this tournament
- UCLA is 3-0 SU and ATS as underdogs this tournament
Free Michigan Wolverines vs. UCLA Bruins NCAAB Prediction:
This matchup is unexpected as there were not many people predicting #11 UCLA to advance from the first four to this point. The Bruins have won 4 straight games, 3 of those times being an underdog with a spread similar to this one. Mick Cronin has got his team playing efficiently on both ends which will need to continue to stop this Wolverines team.
Both Elite Eight games have featured close contests late which always benefits the side that has the extra points. I’ll take UCLA in this contest to keep it close enough to cover.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UCLA +7.5
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