March Madness Notre Dame vs Michigan Betting Guide

Posted by Aaron . on March 17, 2016 in

On Friday night, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Michigan Wolverines meet in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Irish (21-11) hold the sixth seed in the East region, while the Wolverines won a play-in against Tulsa on Wednesday night to take the eleventh seed in the region. The Wolverines held off a rally by the Golden Hurricane to prevail, 67-62. Check out the updated college basketball betting spread here.

March Madness Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Michigan Wolverines Betting Guide

When: Friday, March 18, 2016, 9:30 PM ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Radio: Michigan IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Notre Dame (-3)

Why should you bet on the Wolverines?

Michigan has a great deal of momentum on their side, as they knocked off Tulsa in dramatic fashion on Wednesday. Zak Irvin knocked down a huge three and then sank two free throws, all in the last minute, and he posted 16 points for the whole game. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 16 more. This is a team that loves the jump shot for all it is worth. If they are hot from the field, they can win big, like they did against Indiana in the Big Ten tournament. If they’re cold, though, it can be a long night.

Why should you put your money on Notre Dame?

This is a team that beat Duke, Louisville and North Carolina in ACC play this season, and they have Demetrius Jackson and Zach Auguste back from the team that almost beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight last year. Auguste shut down Duke in the ACC tournament, scoring 19 points and grabbing 23 boards. Michigan ranks #326 in the nation in rebounding, so he should be able to have a big day. If the Irish can dictate the pace and run their halfcourt offense through their big men, they should be able to win this game.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This line is, quite frankly, lower than it should be. Notre Dame has a substantially finer pedigree this year than Michigan in terms of quality wins and overall play. I’m picking the Fighting Irish to win, 74-62.