Tennessee Volunteers vs. Michigan Wolverines
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Michigan Wolverines face off on Friday in Indianapolis in a NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 matchup with the winner going to the Elite Eight. The Wolverines are -2 point favorites over the Volunteers with an over/under point total set at 131.5.
The Tennessee Volunteers barely made it into the NCAA Tournament but so far they have made the most of it winning three games to make it to this point. Tennessee opened in the play in game knocking off Iowa by 13 points then they beat UMass by 19 and upstart Mercer by 20. Jordan McRae leads the Vols averaging 18.6 points per game. Jarnell Stokes is averaging 15.2 points and 10.7 rebounds, Josh Richardson is averaging 10.1 points, and Jeronne Maymon is averaging 9.9 points and 8.2 rebounds. Tennessee is averaging 72.3 points and they are shooting 45 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.4 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. Tennessee has won eight of their last nine games and their one loss was to Florida in a game that was competitive until the final minute and thus far the SEC has been perfect in the NCAA Tournament this year.
The Michigan Wolverines lost in the Big Ten Tournament Finals against Michigan State but thus far in the NCAA Tournament they have been rock solid. Michigan knocked off a stubborn Wofford in their first round game and then turned back Texas eventually winning by 14 in their second round game. Nik Stauskas leads the Wolverines averaging 17.4 points per game. Caris LeVert and Glenn Robinson III are averaging 13.1 points and Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 8.1 points. Michigan is averaging 74 points and they are shooting 47.5 percent from the floor while defensively their opponents score 64.6 points per game and shoot 44 percent. Michigan won the Big Ten regular season title and are the number two seed in the Midwest Region and they were ranked seventh in the nation coming into the tournament.
Tennessee is 5-0 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, 6-1 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, and 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight NCAA Tournament games. Michigan is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight NCAA Tournament games, 13-6-1 against the spread in their last 20 neutral site games, and 2-6 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread.
With two teams that average well over 70 points per game ad coming off of high scoring efforts the total is set at 131.5 which seems more than just a little to the low side