No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 VCU both won handily on Thursday, and now they'll face each other in Round of 32 NCAA Tournament betting action at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday.
Michigan knocked off No. 13 South Dakota State 71-56 in the Round of 64, covering the 12-point spread on the college basketball betting lines at the sportsbooks. VCU crushed No. 12 Akron 88-42 in their Thursday contest, easily covering an 8.5-point spread.
The Rams will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 11-17 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wolverines are 16-16-1 ATS. Virginia Commonwealth is 14-14 against the total, while Michigan is 18-15 versus the number. Watch for the latest odds and bonus specials at 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 44-rated Virginia Commonwealth taking on the No. 40-rated Wolverines in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 83-82 win for the Rams on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Michigan's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 75 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 112 at 64.1 PPG. The Wolverines field goal percentage has averaged 48.4% so far, more than the Rams marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.
Defensively, Virginia Commonwealth features the nation's No. 134-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.8 points per game. Michigan, meanwhile, comes in at No. 49 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Virginia Commonwealth was an 88-42 winner at home against Akron. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Rams blew out Akron on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 88-42 win at Palace of Auburn Hills.
Michigan was a 71-56 winner in its last match at home against South Dakota State. They covered the 11.5-point spread as favorites. The Wolverines grabbed a 71-56 win over the Jackrabbits on Thursday, behind a 21-point effort from Glenn Robinson III at Palace of Auburn Hills.
A few Rams at Wolverines trends to consider:
Michigan is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Michigan is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games