Tennessee vs Michigan Sweet 16 Pick
The No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers are underdogs on the March Madness betting odds for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as they hit the hardwood vs. the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines on Friday.
Tennessee advanced to the Sweet 16 in the Midwest Region by getting past Iowa in a play-in game, and then beating No. 6 Massachusetts and No. 14 Mercer. Michigan is coming off a pair of victories over No. 15 Wofford and No. 7 Texas.
No. 2 seeds are 5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS against 11 seeds since 2002 but the computer is picking the upset here. Michigan is 9-1 SU past 10 games and 7-1 ATS past eight tournament games.
But Tennessee is 7-1 ATS past eight games overall. Of note, the UNDER is 10-2 past 12 games when Vols are underdogs.
Odds Shark computer pick - 71.0-69.7 Volunteers
Michigan will face the 24-12 Volunteers, who own a 19-14-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Wolverines are 20-13 on the OU so far this season while the Volunteers are 15-19.
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 49-ranked Wolverines and the No. 15-rated Volunteers in this matchup.
Tennessee was an 83-63 winner in its last match at home against Mercer. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Volunteers and Bears didn�t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Mercer was handed an 83-63 defeat on Sunday at PNC Arena.
In their last action, Michigan was a 79-65 winner at home against Texas. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Michigan got 17 points from Nik Stauskas en route to a 79-65 victory over Texas on Saturday at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Volunteers is ranked No. 15 in NCAA hoops at 38.78 per game. Contrast that with Michigan’s No. 229 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Michigan is the No. 11-ranked team in the country at 8.6 per game, while Tennessee rates No. 170 at 5.61 per game.
A few Volunteers at Wolverines trends to consider:
Tennessee is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Tennessee is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee's last 8 games
Michigan is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Michigan's last 7 games