Michigan Wolverines vs Villanova Wildcats Prediction, 3/24/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Michigan Wolverines vs Villanova Wildcats
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Michigan (+4)
AT&T Center is the site where the Villanova Wildcats (28-7) will try to beat the Michigan Wolverines (19-14) on Thursday. Michigan is 4-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total is 135.
The Michigan Wolverines played Tennessee and went home with a win by a final score of 76-68 in their last contest. Michigan ended the game having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (27 of 54) and buried 6 of their 16 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Wolverines buried 16 of their 20 shots for a rate of 80.0%. When discussing pulling down boards, they compiled 33 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 15 assists in this game as well as forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and earning 4 steals. With respect to the defense, Michigan allowed their opponent to shoot 41.8% from the floor on 28 out of 67 shooting. Tennessee earned 15 assists and had 7 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Tennessee collected 31 rebounds (10 offensive, 21 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Tennessee shot 83.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of 12 tries. They also made 2 of their 18 tries from beyond the arc. When discussing fouls, the Wolverines ended up finishing with 12 while Tennessee totaled 18 fouls.
Hunter Dickinson is one guy who played a role for this game. He totaled 27 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He played for 38 mins and also collected 11 rebounds. He walked away from this one shooting 61.5% from the field and also totaled 4 assists.
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Michigan comes into this matchup with a record of 19-14 for the season. They have an average of 73.2 points per contest (118th in the nation) while hitting 47.1% from the floor. The Wolverines are hitting 33.9% from downtown (207 of 610) and 75.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Michigan is collecting 35.6 rebounds per game and has earned 470 dimes this season, which is 82nd in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 11.8 times per game and as a team are committing 15.3 personal fouls per contest.
On defense, the Wolverines are forcing 10.0 turnovers every game and they draw 16.1 fouls. They are 88th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 367 relinquished on the season. The Wolverines defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 44.3% (858 of 1,936) and they relinquish 30.0 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are giving up 32.5% on shots from downtown while they are 192nd in the country in points per game from their opponents (69.6).
When they last stepped on the court, the Villanova Wildcats walked away with a victory by a final of 71-61 when they faced Ohio State. The Wildcats corralled 17 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 26 for this contest. They also turned the ball over 9 times, while recording 7 steals in the game. Ohio State was called for 18 fouls for the contest which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for 20 shots. They were able to bury 17 of the free throws for a percentage of 85.0%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Villanova knocked down 8 of their 23 tries (34.8%). In all, the Wildcats finished 23 out of 52 from the floor which had them sitting at 44.2%. The Wildcats permitted Ohio State to make 24 of 57 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 42.1% in the matchup. They shot 31.8% from distance by going 7 of 22 and finished the game at 6 of 11 at the free throw line (54.5%). When talking about team rebounding, Villanova permitted Ohio State to grab 33 overall (13 offensive).
Jermaine Samuels was important for the Wildcats for the matchup. He made 7 out of 9 for this contest for a rate of 77.8%, and had 8 rebounds. He tallied 17 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood, but left the arena with no assists.
Villanova has a mark of 28-7 for the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Wildcats are shooting 43.9% from the field, which ranks them 187th in college hoops. Villanova has accumulated 2,548 pts for the season (72.8 per contest) and they snag 34.8 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 12.1 times per game (246th in D-1) and they are turning it over 10.0 times per contest. The Wildcats commit 15.2 personal fouls every game and they go 82.6% from the free throw line.
The Villanova defense concedes 30.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (254 of 829) and their opponents are making 74.3% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 11.3 dimes and 32.2 boards every game, which is 69th and 62nd in those categories on the defensive end. The Wildcats are ranked 25th in D-1 in points allowed per game with 62.9. They are forcing 12.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.9% from the floor (46th in D-1).
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Villanova (-4)
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