#11 Michigan vs #11 Tulsa March Madness First Four Spread
On Wednesday, March 16, the second of the matchups to take a #11 seed in the field of 64 takes place when Michigan and Tulsa square off in Dayton. The Golden Hurricane had won four of their last five before being routed by Memphis in the AAC Tournament. Michigan knocked off Northwestern in overtime and probably only got a March Madness betting bid when they upset Indiana 72-69 in the Big Ten Tournament.
A Closer Look At #11 Michigan Wolverines vs #11 Tulsa Golden Hurricane March Madness First Four Spread
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 9:10 PM ET (approximate)
Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
Radio: Michigan IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: College Sports Live!
NCAAB Odds: Michigan -4
Why should you pick the Wolverines?
Michigan’s best player, Caris LeVert, played in fewer than half of his team’s game, but before he went down with a season-ending leg injury, he led the squad in assists (4.9) and points (16.5). The Wolverines are a team who live and die by the three-pointer, so when they’re on, they’re tough to beat, but when they’re off, they look awfully one-dimensional. That’s why they lost to Purdue in the Big Ten tournament, because they only went 6 for 25, and Purdue rebounded them by 13. Michigan’s rebounding average (32.4) is #324 in the nation. So if Michigan is going to win, they will have to make their shots from downtown.
Why should you put your money on Tulsa?
Tulsa has nine seniors, all of whom contributed to their success this year — as well as last year, when they led the AAC standings for the majority of the conference season. Their best player is guard Shaquille Harrison, who averaged 14.8 points, 4.1 assists, 5.5 boards and 1.9 steals per game. James Woodard is the team’s leader is scoring (15.6 points per game) and he shoots 36.4 percent from downtown. Tulsa struggles guarding against the three, as the opposition makes 36.3 percent of their shots from distance.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Beating Indiana was a major achievement for Michigan. However, those are the same Wolverines who (with LeVert) were blown out by SMU in Dallas during nonconference play, and Tulsa was the only visiting team to beat SMU this season. I’m going to pick the Golden Hurricane to knock off Tulsa and make it into the tournament, by the score of 68-62.