The Michigan Wolverines scored an upset in the first round to book a spot in the second round where they will be meeting the Tennessee Volunteers, who are coming off a comfortable victory in the opening round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament as well. Check out our preview below of this Michigan-Tennessee 2022 March Madness second round matchup.
Betting Preview for the Michigan Wolverines vs Tennessee Volunteers NCAA College Basketball Game on March 19 2022
Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
When: Saturday, March 19, 2022, 5:15 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Michigan Wolverines (+6.5)
Record: 18-14 Overall/11-9 Conference
Michigan is headed to the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament following a gutsy 75-63 victory last Thursday over the Colorado State Rams. The Wolverines were on the ropes in the first half of that game, but they were kept alive by the efforts of Hunter Dickinson, who used his size to his full advantage, muscling his way through for 21 points. Eli Brooks and Frankie Collins also provided a much-needed spark with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Michigan State shot just 4/14 from deep versus the Rams, though the Wolverines are not really big on 3-pointers. That being said, they will have to knock down more in order to stretch Tennessee’s stout defense and open things up in the paint for Dickinson. Brooks and Terrance Williams are the Wolverines’ biggest threats downfield, with the former a 38.6% 3-point shooter and the latter making 38.3% of threes this season.
Michigan is 8-1-1 against the spread in its last 10 neutral site games as an underdog
Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers (-6.5)
Record: 27-7 Overall/14-4 Conference
Tennessee is known for its terrific defense this season, but the Volunteers showed they can also beat teams with their offense in the first round when they defeated the Longwood Landers, 88-56. Tennessee shot 60 percent from the field and hit 14 of 24 shots from deep versus Longwood, who simply could not keep up with the Vols. Santiago Vescovi scored 18 points with a 6/8 line from downtown, while Josiah-Jordan James had 17 points and went 3/6 on his threes. The Vols did all that while not letting up defensively, as they held Longwood only made 38.5 percent shooting. On the season, Tennessee is second overall in the nation in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency with only 86.0 points allowed per 100 possessions and 28th in effective field goal percentage defense.
Tennessee is 4-0 against the spread in its last four games after a win.
Tennessee wins, 74-69.
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