Texas Southern Tigers vs Michigan Wolverines Prediction, 3/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Southern Tigers vs Michigan Wolverines
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Location: Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Texas Southern (+26)
Mackey Arena is the site where and the Michigan Wolverines (20-4) will play the Texas Southern Tigers (17-8) on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament. Texas Southern opens this game as 26-point underdogs. The total has been set at 142.5.
Texas Southern will enter this matchup with a win-loss mark of 17-8 this year. They are averaging 74.2 points per outing (102nd in the nation) while hitting 44.8% from the field. The Tigers are connecting on 28.2% on three-point attempts (116 of 412) and 69.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Texas Southern is pulling down 41.4 boards per contest and has earned 307 dimes on the year, which is 183rd in college hoops in terms of passing. They cough up possession 15.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 17.8 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Tigers have forced 14.6 turnovers per game while drawing 19.2 personal fouls. The Tigers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.8% (600 of 1,509) and they surrender 35.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They are ranked 156th in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 295 surrendered for the season. They are surrendering 30.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 136th in college basketball in PPG allowed (69.0).
The Texas Southern Tigers took the court against the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers and walked away with a win by a score of 60-52 in their last game. Texas Southern wrapped up the game having earned a 38.6% FG percentage (22 of 57) and converted 6 out of their 14 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Tigers made 10 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 52.6%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 35 with 9 of them being offensive. They also recorded 9 dimes in this matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and having 2 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Texas Southern allowed 38.8% from the floor on 19 out of 49 shooting. Mount St. Mary's earned 9 dimes and had 1 steal in this matchup. Furthurmore, Mount St. Mary's grabbed 33 rebounds (4 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 7 rejections. Mount St. Mary's finished the game at 50.0% from the charity stripe by making 8 of 16 shots. They also made 6 of their 22 tries from 3-point range.
John Walker is a player who came through in this contest. He accounted for 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins played and totaled 9 rebounds. Walker finished 57.1% from the field and totaled 1 assist. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the Tigers was Jordan Gilliam. He collected 4 rebounds in his 35 minutes played. He finished shooting 27.3% from the field for the contest by going 3-of-11 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Gilliam tallied 1 assist.
Michigan has a mark of 20-4 on the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Wolverines are shooting 48.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 31st in the country. Michigan has scored 1,830 pts for the season (76.3 per game) and they average 37.5 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 15.5 times per game (51st in D-1) and they are turning it over 11.1 times per contest. The Wolverines are committing 14.7 fouls per game while shooting 77.8% from the free throw line. The Wolverines are ranked 53rd in college hoops in points given up per game with 65.4. They give up 10.1 dimes and 31.3 rebounds per contest, which is 19th and 33rd in D-1. The Michigan defense gives up 33.5% from downtown (159 of 475) and their opposition knocks down 74.9% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 10.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.4% from the floor (14th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Michigan Wolverines walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 68-67 when they faced the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Wolverines recorded 26 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 33 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 2 times, while recording 3 steals in the game. The Buckeyes were called for 19 fouls for the matchup which got the Wolverines to the free throw line for 23 attempts. They were able to knock down 21 of those for a percentage of 91.3%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, Michigan knocked down 6 out of their 19 tries (31.6%). When this game wrapped up, the Wolverines shot 20 out of 57 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 35.1%. The Wolverines allowed the Buckeyes to bury 24 of their 57 tries from the field which left them shooting 42.1% for this game. They finished 54.5% from downtown by connecting on 12 of 22 and finished the game at 8 of 14 at the charity stripe (57.1%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Michigan allowed Ohio State to grab 36 in total (9 offensive).
Hunter Dickinson ended up being a factor for the Wolverines in this contest. He knocked down 9 out of 14 for this contest giving him a rate of 64.3%, and accounted for 8 rebounds. Dickinson accumulated 21 points in his 31 minutes on the court, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. An additional guy that was pivotal for Michigan was Eli Brooks. He ended up finishing with 3 dimes in 39 mins on the court, and he put in 4 out of 8 from the floor. Brooks walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor as well as earning 12 points and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Texas Southern (+26)
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