Michigan Wolverines vs Vanderbilt Commodores Prediction, 3/18/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Michigan Wolverines vs Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Location: Memorial Gymnasium (TN) in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Michigan (+1)
The Vanderbilt Commodores (21-14) are welcoming the Michigan Wolverines (18-15) at Memorial Gymnasium (TN) on Saturday. Michigan opens this game as 1-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 147.
The Michigan Wolverines faced off with Toledo and went home with a win by a final score of 90-80 in their last game. Michigan finished the contest having earned a 58.2% FG percentage (32 out of 55) and converted 13 of their 23 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wolverines buried 13 of 16 attempts for a rate of 81.3%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 36 with 6 of them being offensive. They also doled out 18 assists in this game as well as forcing 4 turnovers and earning 1 steal. In relation to defense, Michigan allowed 43.8% from the floor on 32 of 73 shooting. Toledo recorded 13 dimes and had 6 steals in this contest. In addition, Toledo pulled down 26 rebounds (10 offensive, 16 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Toledo ended up shooting 61.5% from the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of 13 shots. They made 8 of 24 shots from downtown. When it comes to personal fouls, the Wolverines finished with 15 and Toledo totaled 14 personal fouls.
Kobe Bufkin is a player who played a role for this contest. He finished the contest at 61.5% from the field and also totaled 5 assists. He was on the hardwood for 39 minutes and also snagged 8 rebounds. He ended up scoring 23 points on 8 of 13 shooting.
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Michigan steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 18-15 on the campaign. They are turning it over 10.3 times per game and as a squad are committing 15.5 fouls per contest. As a team, Michigan is pulling in 36.6 rebounds per game and has accounted for 408 assists for the season, which is 222nd in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Wolverines are shooting 35.2% on three-point attempts (258 of 732) and 70.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 73.6 points per game (133rd in D-1) while hitting 45.1% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Wolverines have forced 10.0 turnovers per game while drawing 16.9 personal fouls. They relinquish 31.9% from beyond the arc and they are 164th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (69.7). The Wolverines defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.5% (860 of 2,023) and they relinquish 35.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They currently rank 119th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 391 conceded so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Vanderbilt Commodores walked away with a victory by a final of 71-62 when they played Yale. In relation to attacking the glass, Vanderbilt permitted Yale to pull down 34 in all (10 on the offensive side). They finished 33.3% from distance by going 7 of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 7 of 12 at the free throw line (58.3%). The Commodores allowed Yale to make 24 out of 66 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 36.4% for this contest. At the conclusion of this game, the Commodores went 22 for 52 from the floor which had them at 42.3%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, Vanderbilt knocked down 7 out of their 23 tries (30.4%). They were able to knock down 20 of them for a percentage of 74.1%. Yale committed 17 fouls in this matchup which got the Commodores to the free throw line for a total of 27 attempts. They turned the ball over 15 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Commodores corralled 29 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 37 for the matchup.
Tyrin Lawrence ended up being important for the Commodores in the matchup. He had 25 points in his 36 mins on the court and had 1 assist in this contest. He buried 7 of 12 for the matchup for a rate of 58.3%, and had 7 rebounds.
Vanderbilt has a record of 21-14 so far this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Commodores are hitting on 42.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 284th in the country. Vanderbilt has totaled 2,536 pts for the campaign (72.5 per contest) and they average 36.3 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 11.7 times per contest (293rd in college hoops) and they turn the ball over 10.9 times per contest. The Commodores commit 16.3 fouls per contest and they shoot 71.3% from the charity stripe.
The Vanderbilt defense concedes 31.5% on shots from distance (243 of 772) and their opponents are converting on 69.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 13.0 dimes and 36.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 200th and 316th in D-1. The Commodores on the defensive side of the court are 233rd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 71.8. They have forced 10.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 43.1% from the floor (142nd in the country).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Michigan (+1)
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