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Michigan vs. Jacksonville - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jacksonville Dolphins (5-10) at Michigan Wolverines (11-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Crisler Center)

The Line: Michigan Wolverines -30 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

The Jacksonville Dolphins will travel to the Crisler Center to take on the Michigan Wolverines this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Jacksonville Dolphins snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 5-10 on the season after defeating the NAIA Middle Georgia State Knights, 81-60, this past Thursday. Jacksonville led by just a 37-36 margin at halftime however, pulled away from the Knights after 25-5 Dolphins run gave Jacksonville a 69-49 lead midway through the 2nd half. Jacksonville shot 48.3% from the field and outrebounded Middle Georgia State by a 49-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Dolphins was JD Notae who had 30 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Jacksonville is averaging 73.3 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Dolphins are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Jacksonville has been led by Jace Hogan (17.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.0 bpg), JD Notae (15.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.8 spg), Devin Harris (12.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.7 spg), and Cody Helgeland (7.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg). Defensively, Jacksonville is allowing their opponents to average 78.8 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Dolphins have a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

Michigan vs. Jacksonville - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Michigan Wolverines won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-3 (1-1 Big Ten) after defeating the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 97-47, on December 21st. Michigan made quick work with Alabama A&M and cruised to victory after taking a 43-17 lead with 4:35 left in the 1st half. Michigan shot 60.0% from the field and forced the Bulldogs into committing 23 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Wolverines was Charles Matthews who had 31 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, Michigan is averaging 76.9 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Wolverines are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Michigan has been led by Charles Matthews (16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.2 apg), Moritz Wagner (15.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.2 spg), Duncan Robinson (10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (9.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg). Defensively, Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 61.4 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Wolverines have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 5.5.

The Dolphins are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wolverines are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win.

Jacksonville is 0-6 on the road this season and has struggled on the defensive end as the Dolphins rank 300th in defensive scoring, 238th in defensive FG%, and 263rd in rebound margin. Michigan picked up a nice couple of wins against Texas and UCLA recently and has been taking care of business as of late as they recently beat Detroit Mercy and Alabama A&M by an average of 41.0 ppg. The Wolverines have been great on the defensive side of the ball this season as Michigan ranks 14th in scoring defensive and 11th in turnover margin. Michigan has been won by an average of 22.7 ppg at home this season and as I just don’t see Jacksonville having any success on either end of the court, I think Michigan covers this monster spread. 

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