Tulsa vs. Michigan - 3/16/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (22-12) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (20-11)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm (Dayton Arena)
The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane +2.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Michigan Wolverines meet Wednesday in the First Four at the University of Dayton Arena.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane hope to win their first tournament game since 2003. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are averaging 74 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting. James Woodard is averaging 15.6 points and 5.2 rebounds while Shaquille Harrison is averaging 14.8 points and 4.1 assists. Pat Birt is the third double-digit scorer and Marquel Curtis is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Hurricane are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are 2-3 on neutral courts this season.
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The Michigan Wolverines look for their first tournament win since 2014. The Michigan Wolverines are averaging 74.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Zak Irvin is averaging 11.7 points and 4.6 rebounds while Derrick Walton Jr. is averaging 11.7 points and 4.5 assists. Duncan Robinson is the third double-digit scorer and Mark Donnal is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Michigan Wolverines are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Wolverines are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Michigan Wolverines are 5-2 on neutral courts this season.
The Golden Hurricane are 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games. The Wolverines are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Michigan picked up some momentum in the Big Ten tournament and is far more battle tested than Tulsa. I worry about the Golden Hurricane inconsistent offense that can go stretches without scoring. Michigan simply has more overall talent. Give me the Wolverines and the reasonable line.