Michigan Wolverines vs. Texas Longhorns - 3/22/14 Midwest Region
Texas Longhorns (24-10) at Michigan Wolverines (26-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -5 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Longhorns and Michigan Wolverines will square off in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
Texas won its first tournament game on a last-second shot to beat the Arizona State Sun Devils, 87-85. In the victory, the Longhorns shot 52.4 percent from the field and only turned the ball over 9 times. On the season, Texas averages 74.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allows 70.5 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Texas is also one of the better rebounding teams in the country, averaging 41.8 boards per game. Offensively, Texas shoots 66.6 percent from the free throw line and 32.6 percent from three. The Texas Longhorns are 14-17 ATS overall this season.
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The Wolverines beat the Wofford Terriers, 57-40 in the second round of the tournament. Michigan held Wofford to 1-19 from deep and had 15 assists on its 22 made baskets. On the season, Michigan averages 73.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allows 64.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting. The Wolverines are one of the worst rebounding teams in the country at 31.9 boards per game, but has allowed 69 or less points in six of their last seven games. Offensively, the Wolverines shoot 75.6 percent from the free throw line and 39.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Michigan Wolverines are 17-14-1 ATS overall.
The Longhorns are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big Ten and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wolverines are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big 12 and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games.
This game comes down to whether you prefer the Texas Longhorns physicality or the Michigan Wolverines finesse and deadly shooting. Toughness usually wins tournament games, but I’m not sure the Longhorns have enough consistent offense to match the Wolverines score for score. Texas can go through a few dry spells offensively.
With that said, I’ll take the Michigan Wolverines and the chalk.