Michigan Wolverines vs. Oregon Ducks
Date and Time: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 7:09 p.m. ET
Location: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
College Basketball Odds: Michigan -1, 146.5
Michigan vs. Oregon TV Coverage: CBS
What an unbelievable journey the Wolverines have taken their fans and sports bettors on over the course of the last couple weeks. Firmly on the bubble and needing to make a deep run in its respective conference tournament, Big Blue hopped on a plane destined for Washington, D.C. in hopes of playing its way into the Big Dance. Unfortunately, the team was forced to experience something you’d never wish upon your worst enemy when the plane skidded off the runway on take-off. Thankfully nobody got hurt.
The near death experience has put a jolt through this team like no other. Since then, John Beilein’s squad rattled off four straight wins in the B1G tourney to punch its ticket into the dance. From there, it outlasted the Oklahoma State Cowboys and then came back from an eight point halftime deficit to shock the No. 2 seed Louisville Cardinals 73-69 as 3 point dogs. Over the course of their seven game win streak, Michigan has compiled a lucrative 6-1 record against the spread.
Winners of 31 overall games and on top of the world, the Ducks suffered a crushing blow in the Pac-12 tournament when it was announced defensive stalwart Chris Boucher was done for the season after tearing an ACL. That loss was looked upon as the team getting its last rights since it depended on his rebounding and shot blocking ability to allow for the defense to be one of the nastiest units in the country. Dana Altman has done a solid job keeping his kids composed and leading them into the second round.
Oregon wouldn’t be here however without the late-game heroics of Dillon Brooks or Tyler Dorsey who each came up with huge shots late in the game to allow for the Ducks to finally overcome a game Rhode Island side and head to the Sweet 16. The Rams led for a majority of the game holding a 46-38 halftime lead, and built it to double digits with just over five minutes remaining. Oregon never game up, and that speaks volumes for a team currently flying in a missing man formation.
38 – This is the amount of made 3-pointers each of these teams combined for in their four played games last week. Michigan launched an absurd 46 shots from beyond the arc, while Oregon checked in with 39 of their own. Bottom line, there’s going to be a ton of shots taken from beyond the arc in this contest, so the team that defends the perimeter better will have the better chance at winning the game. On paper, the advantage goes the way of the Ducks who rank No. 23 in 3-point percentage allowed with the Wolverines allowing a 37.5 percent success rate ( No. 306 ).
Michigan vs. Oregon Free Picks
Not a chance I’m getting in front of the Wolverines right now! It’s extremely telling to me that linemakers opened Michigan up as the favorites on the odds at BookMaker.eu instead of giving them a couple points. That right there tells me all I need to know. Oregon is one heck of a team and it’s put forth a memorable season, but this is the game Boucher’s absence really plays a role. They were able to get by Iona and Rhode Island down a man, but Michigan isn’t a team to be taken lightly right now.
Everything Derrick Walton Jr. and company do right now comes up roses. They just buried a Wisconsin team that also finds itself in the Sweet 16, a game Oklahoma State squad, and a Louisville team many had penciled into the Elite 8 out of the Midwest Region. It’s shown that it can win shootouts and drag ‘em out affairs. I just don’t see Oregon being able to match the intensity. Another riveting chapter is about to be written in the Wolverines’ fairy tale storybook.
Michigan vs. Oregon ATS Pick: Bet Michigan at BookMaker.eu
Michigan vs. Oregon Score Prediction: Michigan 75 – Oregon 70