The Michigan Wolverines slashed their way past the first two rounds of the 2022 NCAA Tournament and they will now be getting the Villanova Wildcats, who, not too long ago, won the national title. Will Michigan take down another giant? Or will Villanova send the Wolverines packing bag for travel back home to Ann Arbor? Check out our preview below of this Michigan-Villanova 2022 March Madness matchup.
Betting Preview for the Michigan Wolverines vs Villanova Wildcats NCAA College Basketball Game on March 24 2022
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
When: Thursday, March 24, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Michigan Wolverines (odds)
Record: 19-14 Overall/11-9 Conference
Juwan Howard and the Wolverines passed another test in the NCAA Tournament and as a reward, they got a ticket to the Sweet Sixteen round. It must really be sweet for the Wolverines, who are defying expectations as an 11-seed. In the second round, Michigan sent the 3-seed Tennessee Volunteers home with a 76-68 victory. Tennessee’s renowned defense was no match for Michigan big man Hunter Dickinson, who continues to rake in the NCAA Tournament. After scoring 21 points in the first round versus the Colorado State Rams, Dickinson threw his weight around anew in the Tennessee game and mustered 27 points. He will be a big problem, literally and figuratively, for Villanova, which is only 132nd in the nation in 2-point shooting percentage defense. Making it harder to defend Dickinson are Michigan’s shooters in Eli Brooks, DeVante’ Jones, and Caleb Houstan.
Michigan is 3-1 against the spread in its last four games overall.
Betting on the Villanova Wildcats (odds)
Record: 28-7 Overall/16-4 Conference
Villanova is waltzing to the next round of the tournament after dominating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round, 71-61. Prior to that, Jay Wright’s boys trounced the Delaware Blue Hens in the first round, 80-60. Collin Gillespie and the Wildcats played like they truly belong among the elites of college basketball. Gillespie scored 20 points against the Buckeyes, while Jermaine Samuels put up 17 points. While Dickinson is expected to be a headache for them, the Wildcats and their offense can dish an even bigger problem to Michigan. They are eighth in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency with 118.3 points per 100 possessions and are 10th in the last 10 games in terms of efficiency, per Bartovik. The Wildcats aren’t exactly lighting it up from deep in the tournament, but they still have drained 21 threes on 51 attempts in the last two games. Michigan had success containing the Volunteers’ outside shooting, but it’s not really a strength of Tennessee.
Villanova is 3-1 against the spread in its last four games overall.
Villanova wins, 73-68.
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