The Michigan Wolverines and Tulsa Golden Hurricane will face off with a ticket to the round of 64 on the line. Both teams finished out the season on 1-4 ATS slides, while their SU records to close out the season were nothing to write home about either, with Michigan going 5-5 and Tulsa going 6-4.
Both teams have a few trends working in their favor ahead of the game. Michigan, in particular, has a history of being a great bounce-back team, as they’ve gone 46-14 SU in their last 60 games following a loss. In their last game in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals, they were handled quite easily by the Purdue Boilermakers, 76-59.
As for Tulsa, they’re coming off of a loss in the AAC quarterfinals to Memphis — getting trounced 89-67. They haven’t lost back-to-back games since January 3. They also opened as the underdog in this one and have thrived in that situation this season, winning outright in four of seven games as dogs.
In terms of overall experience in the NCAA Tournament, Tulsa hasn’t won a game in the tourney since 2003, and last appeared in March Madness in a first round loss to UCLA in 2014. Michigan had a nice run in 2014, making it to the regional final where they lost to Kentucky.