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Can Michigan Set The Pace Against Explosive Oregon?

Michigan is at its best playing a deliberate style of basketball. Low-scoring, methodical affairs suit the Wolverines and they proved just how good they are at it against Louisville. Keeping the tempo as slow as possible is going to be key against an Oregon team that has one of the most explosive offenses in the nation.

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  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oregon's last 9 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Michigan's last 11 games.
  • Michigan is 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games.

Michigan ranks inside the top 20 in the nation in shooting percentage and offensive efficiency while averaging the sixth-fewest possessions per game in the nation. The Wolverines control the clock and take smart shots, which have led to the team shooting 50.5 percent from the floor and averaging just five turnovers per game during the tourney. The most consistent offensive producer has been DJ Wilson, with the senior averaging 18 ppg while shooting 48 percent from the floor and a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.

Tyler Dorsey may be having the best March Madness in the nation (Sindarius Thornwell would have something to say about that), as the sophomore is averaging 25.5 ppg while shooting 78.2 percent from the floor and 66.7 from deep. You could tell that the Ducks were missing Chris Boucher against Rhode Island, but Jordan Bell has done an admirable job trying to fill the void.

Michigan Wolverines vs Oregon Ducks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Michigan Wolverines will look to cover the spread vs the Oregon Ducks on Thursday, as the Wolverines are 17-17 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Ducks are 20-14-1 ATS. Michigan is 20-12-2 against the total, while Oregon is 18-17 versus the total betting line.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 13-rated Michigan Wolverines taking on the No. 9-rated Oregon Ducks in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Michigan is ranked No. 261 in NCAA basketball at 29.19 per game. Contrast that with Oregon's No. 103 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Oregon is the No. 64-ranked team in the country at 8.56 per game, while Michigan rates No. 19 at 9.46 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wolverines got 26 points from Moritz Wagner as Michigan ran past Louisville 73-69 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Oregon got 27 points from Tyler Dorsey en route to a 75-72 victory over Rhode Island on Sunday at Golden 1 Center.