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Michigan vs. Florida - 3/23/19 NCAA March Madness Second Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida at Michigan
Date & Time Saturday March 23, 2019, 5:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Wells-Fargo Arena
Des Moines, IA
The Line
Michigan Wolverines -6.5 -- O/U: 118.5
TV Channel
CBS
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The Michigan Wolverines and the Florida Gators meet in NCAA tournament second round action in a college basketball matchup on Saturday.

The Florida Gators come into the second round fresh off of their upset of #7 seed Nevada by a final score of 70-61 on Thursday. Kevarrius Hayes led the Gators with 16 points on 5 of 6 shooting with 3 blocks while Jalen Hudson came right behind with 15 points and Keyontae Johnson added 10 points with 10 rebounds and 3 steals for the double-double to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Florida in the win. Andrew Nembhard added 8 points with a team-high 6 assists and a pair of steals as well in the winning effort. KeVaughn Allen scored 9 points but still leads the Gators on the year with 11.9 points per game while Johnson leads the Gators in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game and Nembhard leads Florida in assists with 5.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 68.3 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

The Michigan Wolverines booked their spot in the second round after beating up on Montana, taking down the Grizzlies by a final score of 74-55. Charles Matthews led the Wolverines with 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds. Ignas Brazdeikis came 2nd in scoring with 14 points and 7 rebounds while Jon Teske added 11 points with 9 rebounds as well. Jordan Poole chipped in 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Michigan in the win while Zavier Simpson dished out a team-high 10 assists. Brazdeikis leads Michigan in scoring with 15.1 points per game while Teske leads the Wolverines in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game and Simpson leads Michigan in assists with 6.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Michigan is averaging 70.4 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the 3-point line and 69.8% from the foul line this season. Michigan is one of the better defensive teams in the country, sitting 2nd in scoring defense, allowing just 58.6 points per game this season.

Florida is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games while the under is 17-5 in their last 22 non-conference games. Michigan is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the SEC while the under is 6-2-1 in their last 9 NCAA tournament games. 

Florida did a good job locking up Nevada and the Martin brothers, but I still have concerns about Florida as the Gators watched their 18 point lead shrink all the way down to two points. This is still a team that has a hard time finishing games. Even so, I'm not sure Michigan will let it get to that point with Florida. The Wolverines are the more balanced and deeper of the two sides here and are better defensively. Florida's win was nice, but I just think they run out of gas against Michigan so I'll lay the points with the Wolverines here.

Pick:
Michigan -6.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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