April 4, 2013

Syracuse vs Michigan Final Four Pick

VietBet.comMatchup: No. 4 Syracuse Orange vs. No.4 Michigan Wolverines

Date/Time: Saturday, April 6, 2013 8:49 p.m. (ET)

Television: CBS

Basketball Odds from Vietbet Sportsbook

Point Spread: Michigan -2

Total: 131

Syracuse went all the way to the Big East Tournament Championship before losing to Louisville, so its current run all the way to the Final Four in this tournament is not that big of a surprise. Along the way, the Orange beat Montana and California as heavy favorites in their first two games before posting a stunning 61-50 upset over No.1 Indiana as five-point underdogs. From there they made short work of Marquette in a 55-39 rout as 4.5-point favorites to earn a place in this game. Syracuse went 3-1 against the spread during this run and the total stayed UNDER in three of the four games.

The one concern in this matchup is the health of Michael Carter-Williams’ ankle, but he is listed as probable on the most recent injury report. He has been a key part of the team’s success this season with 12.1 points and a team-high 7.4 assists a game. Syracuse’s biggest scoring threats this year have been CJ Fair and Brandon Triche, who are each averaging around 14 points a game. They combined for 25 points in the win over the Hoosiers to go along with Carter-Williams game-high 24 points. Overall, the team is averaging 71.3 points a game while holding its opponents to just 58.6 points a game.

It is also no big surprise that Michigan regained its form at just the right time after climbing all the way to No.2 in the country earlier this season on the strength of a 16-0 straight-up start. After recording double-digit victories over South Dakota State and VCU in their first two outings, the Wolverines staged a dramatic rally in the final few minutes of the game to get by No.1 Kansas 87-85 in overtime as one-point underdogs. They put the finishing touches on the Final Four run with an impressive 79-59 romp over Florida as four-point underdogs. Michigan ended-up a perfect 4-0 ATS with the total going OVER in its final two tournament games.

The star power on this team is starting to shine bright with Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glen Robinson III playing their best basketball of the season. The Wolverines are also deep in talent with Mitch McGary scoring a game-high 25 points against the Jayhawks and Nik Staukas leading the way with 22 points in the win over the Gators. Overall, Michigan is averaging 75.2 points a game while shooting 48.4 percent from the floor.

Prediction

Both teams come into this showdown playing at a high level after taking out the No.1 seed in their respective region and posting lopsided routs their last time out to advance to Atlanta. This should remain a one or two possession game deep into the second half, but Michigan’s slight edge in both talent and depth is just enough to pull-out a victory that covers the two points.

Michigan 73 Syracuse 69

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