Red Raiders vs. Wolverines Prediction
The third-seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to notch the win tonight as small underdogs in the Sweet 16 versus the second-seeded Michigan Wolverines. Can Texas Tech prevail in a battle between the nation's top two defensive teams?
Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, The Wolverines are listed as a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 125.5 points. As of Thursday morning, 53 percent of public bets are being placed on Michigan. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Red Raiders dominate Bulls
Texas Tech rolled to a 78-58 victory Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament over Buffalo to improve to 28-6 on the feature. The Red Raiders outscored the Bulls 45-33 in the second half to pull away. Texas Tech shot 27-56 from the floor, 5-of-16 from 3-point range plus 19-of-25 at the free throw line. Jarrett Culver paced the Red Raiders with 16 points on 6-of-17 shooting including 1-of-4 from 3-point land plus 3-of-5 at the charity stripe. He also contributed 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Norense Odiase tallied 14 points and 15 boards. Matt Mooney accounted for 11 points, four rebounds and two steals. Davide Moretti had 11 points, four rebounds and two assists. Tariq Owens added 10 points and seven caroms.
Wolverines ease past Gators
Michigan picked up a 64-49 win over Florida Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to move to 30-6 on the season. The Wolverines outscored the Gators 32-21 in the second half to pull away. Michigan shot 24-of-57 from the field, 7-of-21 from 3-point range plus 9-of-12 at the free throw line. Jordan Poole paced the Wolverines with 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting including 4-of-9 from 3-point range plus 5-of-5 at the charity stripe. He also pulled down five rebounds. Isaiah Livers added 10 points and three boards off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Red Raiders are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. Texas Tech is 4-0 ATS in its last four games versus the Big Ten.
The Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Michigan is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games versus the Big 12.
Texas Tech is ranked first nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, while Michigan is ranked second. Points will be hard to come by and in a neutral setting, I have to side with the better team on the offensive side of the ball. That is the Wolverines, who have improved offensively as the season has progressed and are ranked 19th in adjusted offensive efficiency as opposed to 35th for the Red Raiders. Michigan takes care of the basketball as well as anyone in the nation and I think it finds a way to carve out the victory tonight.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MICHIGAN WOLVERINES -1.5