Michigan Wolverines vs. Tennessee Volunteers - 3/28/14 Midwest Region
Tennessee Volunteers (24-12) at Michigan Wolverines (27-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Lucas Oil Stadium)
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The Tennessee Volunteers look to stay red hot when they play the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA tournament.
Tennessee has beaten Iowa, Massachusetts and Mercer to advance to the Sweet 16. On the season, the Volunteers average 71.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allows 61.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Tennessee is a feisty defensive bunch that has allowed 68 or fewer points in 11 straight games. The Volunteers have big bodies in the pain such as Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon, while Jordan McRae leads Tennessee with 18.6 points per game. The Volunteers are a physical team that averages 38.8 rebounds and 4.8 blocks. The Tennessee Volunteers are 21-13 ATS overall.
Michigan is the opposite of Tennessee, as the Wolverines want to score a truckload of points. On the season, Michigan averages 74 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allows 64.6 points on 44 percent shooting. The Wolverines shoot 39.8 percent from downtown and have topped 70 points in six of their last 10 games. Michigan has three players averaging at least 13.1 points and is led by Nik Stauskas, who averages 17.4 points. Defensively, the Wolverines have held their last five opponents under 70 points. The Michigan Wolverines are 18-14-1 ATS overall.
The Volunteers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Wolverines are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 neutral site games.
This game really comes down to which style you think is going to take over the game. Will it be Michigan’s shooting parade or Tennessee’s toughness and physical play?
Unlike Texas, a team that allowed 14 threes to Michigan in the last round, Tennessee can guard the perimeter and force the Wolverines into tough shots. I’m a strong believer that defense wins championship and tournament games, and that’s why I’ll gladly take the Volunteers and the points.
Tennessee’s improbable run continues.