Two No. 4 seeds hit the hardwood at the Georgia Dome on Saturday as the Syracuse Orange take on the Michigan Wolverines in Final Four betting action at the sportsbooks.
And if the recent Jim Boeheim vs John Beilein history is any indication, Syracuse will upset Michigan as 2-point underdogs. In nine games between Syracuse's Boeheim and Michigan's Beilein, the Orange are 9-0 SU. (That includes games when Beilein coached Richmond and West Virginia).
Syracuse topped Marquette 55-39 to pay off for their supporters in the Elite Eight last time out. Michigan also won handily in their Elite Eight matchup, knocking off Florida by a score of 79-59 in a game in which they were the 3.5-point underdogs.
The 4 vs 4 seed means that the Final Four 'higher seed' trend is not in play. In the past 13 Final Four matchups with higher and lower seeds, the higher seed won 12 games.
The Orange sit at 30-9 (19-15-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Wolverines are currently 30-7 (19-16-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Syracuse is 14-20 OU, and Michigan is 20-16 OU.
Over under bettors should be aware that, since 2005, this round has produced UNDERs at a 11-4-1 rate.
View Michigan vs Syracuse Odds and Stats.
College basketball odds makers at [custom:bovada-link] had the Syracuse Orange as 2-point underdogs in this matchup as of Thursday. The over-under was 131 at TopBet sportsbook as of midweek.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 5 (Orange) and the No. 40 (Wolverines) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 80-79 result in favor of the Wolverines has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wolverines is ranked No. 149 in NCAA hoops at 35.2 per game. Contrast that with Syracuse’s No. 24 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Syracuse is the No. 199-ranked team in the country at 5.9 per game, while Michigan rates No. 47 at 7.6 per game.
Defensively, Michigan features the nation's No. 195-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.4 points per game. Syracuse, meanwhile, comes in at No. 62 nationally in scoring at home.
Michigan was a 79-59 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Florida. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. The battle between the Wolverines and Gators didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Florida was handed a 79-59 defeat on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.
Syracuse was a 55-39 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Marquette. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Orange grabbed a 55-39 win over the Golden Eagles on Saturday, behind a 16-point effort from James Southerland at Verizon Center.
Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Florida are 1-0
After a win are 5-5
Syracuse Orange Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Marquette are 5-2
After a win are 6-4
A few Wolverines at Orange trends to consider:
Syracuse is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Syracuse's last 6 games
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