March 20, 2013

South Dakota State vs. Michigan Pick

March Madness Picks

Preview


#13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits
vs.
#4 Michigan Wolverines

Date/Time: March 21st, 7:15 pm ET

Television: CBS

College Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Michigan -11

Total: 138.5

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Basketball Betting Game Trends

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

  • South Dakota State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
  • South Dakota State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record
  • Under is 6-0 in South Dakota State’s last 6 neutral site games
  • Over is 12-3 in South Dakota State’s last 15 non-conference games

Michigan Wolverines

  • Michigan is 22-4-1 ATS in their last 27 Thursday games
  • Michigan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games
  • Michigan is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss
  • Over is 8-1 in Michigan’s last 9 Thursday games
  • Over is 10-2-1 in Michigan’s last 13 neutral site games
  • Under is 4-1 in Michigan’s last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600

 

One of the many teams that was once ranked No. 1 in the country this season will be in college basketball betting action on the first full evening of the NCAA Tournament, as the Michigan Wolverines battle the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

The Jackrabbits won the Summit League this year, surviving what basically turned out to be a three-team race with the North Dakota State Bison and the Western Illinois Leathernecks. The difference really proved to be the play of G Nate Wolters. Wolters is one of the top scorers in America, putting up 22.7 points per game. He’s a great shooter, and he is a tremendous distributor as well. Think of Wolters as the Summit League’s Matthew Dellavedova, just with better stats. Though South Dakota State has four double digit scorers and a fifth averaging 8.7 points per game, the key might be keeping the tempo of this game down. The Jackrabbits have gotten into the most trouble this year when games have hit a tremendously high pace, such as when they were crushed by the Minnesota Golden Gophers 88-64 earlier this year. SDSU has rolled off four straight wins and covers coming into the dance though, including scoring 100 points in a game against Nebraska Omaha on February 28th.

Michigan is a team that will drive us nuts in this postseason. The team is young and inexperienced, and that largely showed last year in the opening round of this tournament when it was beaten by the Ohio Bobcats in a mild upset. However, the Wolverines are also incredibly talented, and if they can force their will in this game, they’ll be coasting into the Round of 32. This three-guard backcourt has been flat out awesome all season long. G Trey Burke is garnering National Player of the Year honors, as he is good for 19.2 points and 6.7 assists per game. G Tim Hardaway Jr. looks a lot better in his second year in Ann Arbor, while G Nik Stauskas has made a great impact in his first year with the team. And then there’s F Glenn Robinson III… The son of the Big Dog figured to come into the Wolverines’ lineup and dominate right away. He did so at the outset of the year, but all of a sudden over the course of the last 10 games, he has had just one good game (scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 boards against Penn State). Later on in the dance, Robinson will have to step up if this team is going to make a deep run.

Prediction:

Michigan is going to be just fine in this game. It might take a little more effort than one would think, but the Wolverines will eventually get enough out of Burke and Hardaway to get the job done. Wolters will keep this one relatively close for a good chunk of the game, but in the end, the Jackrabbits will bow out after a single digit loss. Michigan 68 – South Dakota State 60

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