Michigan Vs Louisville Prediction, Pick & TV Info
It’s a classic matchup of offense versus defense when they seventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines look to continue their surprising postseason run at the expense of the second-seeded Louisville Cardinals in their second round matchup on Sunday. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the most NCAA point spreads value in this matchup.
A Closer Look At The Wolverines Vs Cardinals Prediction, Pick & TV Info
When: Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 12:10 PM ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
NCAAB Odds: Louisville -2.5 / Over/Under: 140
Why Bet The Michigan Wolverines Odds at +2.5
Michigan drained a whopping 16 three-pointers to get past Oklahoma State 92-91 in a high-scoring first round affair on Friday. Derrick Walton Jr. scored a team-high 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting while making six threes and adding five rebounds, two steals and a team-high 11 assists.
D.J. Wilson added 19 points and five boards and a stellar four blocked shots. Zak Irvin and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each added 16 points. Michigan is averaging 75.3 points per game on 48.4 percent shooting from the field, 38.7 percent from behind the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line.
Why Bet The Louisville Cardinals Odds at -2.5
Louisville overpowered Jacksonville State in the second half to get the 78-63 win in their opener. Mangok Mathiang scored a team-high 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting while adding five rebounds and two blocks.
Quentin Snider and Deng Adel both added 16 points apiece. Louisville is averaging 77.5 points per game on 45.7 percent shooting from the field, 35.8 percent from behind the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Louisville Cardinals may be the only nationally-ranked team in this matchup, but they’re facing a Michigan team that looks like it is playing the best basketball of any team still left in the field. The Wolverines have a quartet of players that can shoot the ball well and have played with a sense of urgency that is unmatched right now.
The Cardinals use their defense to shut down opponents and the Cardinals ranked 18th in defending the three-point shot. Still, for me I’m going with the 32 percent of public bettors that likes Michigan to get the ATS cover – by stunning Louisville for the outright win.
Michigan is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an SU win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Louisville is 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral site games as a favorite and 1-4 ATS in their last four games as a favorite. The Michigan Wolverines have the look of a team that has date with destiny right now and I don’t see the higher seeded Louisville Cardinals stopping that date.
My final score prediction is Michigan 74 Louisville 69