Michigan vs. Kansas Sweet Sixteen Pick

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#4 Michigan Wolverines
vs.
#1 Kansas Jayhawks

Date/Time: March 29th, 2013 7:37 ET

Television: TBS

College Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Kansas -2

Total: 134

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Basketball Betting Game Trends

Michigan Wolverines

  • Michigan is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12.
  • Michigan is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
  • Michigan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
  • Michigan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.

Kansas Jayhawks

  • Kansas is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Kansas is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
  • Kansas is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win.
  • Kansas is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
  • Kansas is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.

 

NCAA Basketball Pick – March 29th

The first ticket to the Elite Eight in the South Region will be punched on Friday night at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, where the Michigan Wolverines will try their best to take out the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Wolverines really have had no troubles here in the dance, and as a result, there are many that think they are going to be a team that could ultimately get to the Final Four and perhaps win the whole enchilada. We said at the outset of this tournament that F Glenn Robinson III really had to step up if Big Blue really had a shot of getting back to the Final Four, and that’s exactly what has happened. The son of the “Big Dog” has scored 32 points in two games, and he really has been the dominating force that Head Coach John Beilein really hoped for when he was on the recruiting trail. On top of that, F Mitch McGary has been huge here in the tourney as well. McGary only averaged 6.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the regular season, and he has largely been overshadowed by a number of the flashier players that this side has to offer. However, he has 34 points and 23 rebounds in two games, and he is coming off of the best game of his career against the VCU Rams in the Round of 32.

For three halves of basketball, Kansas really looked nothing like a No. 1 seed in any bracket. The club struggled with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers from start to finish, and it was down 30-21 to the North Carolina Tar Heels going into the intermission on Sunday. However, from that point forward, Head Coach Bill Self and his team took over, outscoring UNC 49-28 in the second half to romp to a 12-point victory. C Jeff Withey proved to be a real force on the inside, scoring 16 points, pulling down 16 boards, and blocking five shots, while G Travis Releford really couldn’t miss regardless of where he was shooting the ball from. Releford scored 22 points and pulled in eight rebounds in one of the most accomplished games of his entire career. Most impressive, as it has been all season long for the Jayhawks, is the defense. The team held North Carolina down to just 30.1 percent shooting from the field, including less than 25% in the second half.

Prediction:

That defense is what is going to frustrate the heck out of the Wolverines on Friday night. Michigan has struggled with some of the best defensive teams in the land in the Big Ten at times, and this is a very “Big Ten-esque” game. With a bit of a home court edge, we like Kansas to take care of Michigan and move onto the Elite Eight by a relatively comfortable margin. Kansas 67 – Michigan 61

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Adam Markowitz

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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