Date/Time: March 22, 2014, 12:15 p.m. EST
Odds: Michigan -4
The toughest region of the 2014 NCAA Tournaments is easily the Midwest region. This region has many of the toughest teams in college basketball to include the No. 1 seed in Wichita State and one of the favorites to win it all, the Louisville Cardinals who are a No. 4 seed. Two of those great teams meet on the court for a Saturday showdown as the Texas Longhorns will go up against the Michigan Wolverines.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Wolverines listed as favorites. This comes as no surprise as the Wolverines are the second seed in this demanding bracket, while the Longhorns hold down the No. 7 seed. If the Longhorns are able to topple the Wolverines this will become a much different tournament.
The Wolverines defeated the Wofford Terriers in their first round game. Michigan capitalized on its decisive edge in athleticism on the undersized Terriers but had some nervous moments after missing 15 of its first 18 shots in the second half. While the offense had some problems, their defense showed up to assure the Wolverines a win.
For the Longhorns it was not as easy as they had to stave off an Arizona Sun Devils team that was very aggressive on the boards. The Longhorns managed to get the win and that is all that matters in a winner take all type of tournament.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have several negative wagering angles coming into this game. The Longhorns are 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when they are playing against a team with a winning straight up record. The Wolverines are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a win against the spread.
Although both teams have some negative trends, the Wolverines have some other obvious advantages in this game. They have deep tournament experience as they have recently made deep runs. That experience along with the fact that the Wolverines are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games will lead to a big win for the Wolverines over the Longhorns.
Free Pick: Michigan Wolverines
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