Michigan vs. Montana - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montana Grizzlies (26-7) at Michigan Wolverines (28-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9:50 pm (Intrust Bank Arena)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We’ve got a great college basketball matchup looming in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday as the Montana Grizzlies take on the Michigan Wolverines.
Montana comes into this one with a 26-7 record overall. The Grizzlies have won their last six straight games, including a big conference tourney win over Eastern Washington on Saturday. Leading the way for Montana in that one was Michael Oguine with 21 points.
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On the season, Ahmaad Rorie is tops for the Grizzlies on 17.2 PPG, and Oguine has 15.8 PPG. Also in double-figures for Montana this year is Jamar Akoh, with 13.1 PPG and 6.7 RPG to his credit.
Over on the Michigan side, they’re currently 28-7 on the year. The Wolverines have won their last nine straight games, and completed their conference tournament championship with a win over Purdue on Sunday.
Leading the way for the Wolverines in scoring this year with 14.5 PPG is Mortiz Wagner, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has 12.6 PPG. Also in double-figures for Michigan is Charles Matthews with 12.6 PPG and 5.4 RPG.
Montana is 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 following an ATS win. The Grizzlies are also 18-7-1 in their last 26 games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last nine Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines are 7-1 ATS in their last eight following a straight-up win and 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games. Michigan is also 34-17-2 ATS in their last 54 games overall and 33-16-3 ATS in their last 52 neutral-site games.
Montana has been rolling this season, and really hasn’t suffered a bad defeat since way back in November. Going up against Michigan is going to be a different animal than anything the Grizzlies have faced this year so far however, so it will be interesting to see how they respond in the face of tough competition. I’m leaning toward the Wolverines covering here, as I think they’ll prove to simply be too much.