No. 4 seed Michigan will be looking to improve on a disappointing record against the betting odds when they tip off against No. 13 seed South Dakota State in their opening game on Thursday night.
The favored Wolverines are just 2-10 ATS in their past dozen games and only 2-9 ATS in their past 11 games as chalk. The Jackrabbits, meanwhile, are 14-3 SU in their past 17 games as they eye a possible upset.
The OVER is 4-2 in Michigan's past six games, and 6-4 in South Dakota State's past ten.
The Wolverines bring a 26-7 record (15-16-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 25-9 Jackrabbits, who are 16-13 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Michigan go 18-14 so far and the Jackrabbits go 13-12-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 40-rated Wolverines and the No. 88-ranked Jackrabbits, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 82-78 result in favor of the Wolverines.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Michigan's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 75.2 PPG, against a Jackrabbits defense that ranks No. 151 at 65.6 PPG. The Wolverines field goal percentage has averaged 48.4% so far, more than the Jackrabbits marksmen have achieved on the year, 47% per game.
Defensively, South Dakota State features the nation's No. 237-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.9 points per game. Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 48 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, South Dakota State was a 73-67 winner at home against North Dakota State. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. Nate Wolters went off for 27 points and added 6 rebounds, leading South Dakota State over North Dakota State, 73-67, on Tuesday at Sioux Falls Arena.
In their last action, Michigan was a 68-59 loser on the road against Wisconsin. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. Trey Burke scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Wolverines to a win (they lost 68-59 to Wisconsin at United Center on Friday).
Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
After playing Wisconsin are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2
A few Jackrabbits at Wolverines trends to consider:
Michigan is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan's last 6 games
Michigan is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games