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Michigan vs Tennessee Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions

No. 11 Seed Wolverines Bidding for Another Trip to NCAA Regionals

Talented Freshmen in Spotlight

If you love watching talented freshmen, this could be the game for you.

Three of the top 13 players in ESPN’s list of the top recruits in the Class of 2021 will play in this game. Michigan’s Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate combined for 20 points and 14 rebounds against Colorado State, while Tennessee’s Kennedy Chandler had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in the win over Longwood.

Michigan vs Tennessee Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions
Michigan vs Tennessee Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Tennessee has won its last eight games while Michigan has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the country, so naturally, the March Madness odds favor the third-seeded Volunteers.

Tennessee (+350) is tied for the sixth-best odds to reach the Final Four while No. 11 seed Michigan checks in at +1800.

Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and March Madness Odds for Michigan vs Tennessee. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.

Michigan Silences Critics

When Michigan was down by 15 points to Colorado State, the chatter about the Wolverines not belonging in the NCAA Tournament only increased.

Down by seven points at halftime, a team that came into the season expected to be a factor in the March Madness brackets sprung to life.

Freshman Frankie Collins, who got the start when DeVante’ Jones remained on campus (concussion protocol), helped to spark a spirited second-half rally.

Michigan had nine turnovers in the first 12½ minutes of the game, but with the ball in the hands of Collins, things began to change. He finished with 14 points, six assists and, most importantly, only one turnover in the comeback victory.

Houstan, also a freshman, had back-to-back 3-pointers to give Michigan the lead for good midway through the second half. Michigan had eight straight free throws to pull away.

Five of Michigan’s last six games went over the Las Vegas odds total.

First-half Explosion Powers Tennessee

Favored teams were either being knocked out of the tournament or living dangerously in all four regions on the first day of the tournament as March Madness predictions failed to pay off.

Tennessee, fresh off a run to the SEC tournament title, was only up by three points midway through the first half against Longwood. What followed was a display of basketball that shows why Tennessee is a team that could be playing for a while.

The Volunteers made 10 of their next 14 shots to turn the once-competitive game into a blowout. It was a 25-point game at halftime and Tennessee, which never trailed, was well on its way to victory in the opener for the fifth time in the last six tournament appearances.

Santiago Vescovi led five Tennessee scoring in double figures with 18 points after scoring 17 in the SEC final. John Fulkerson and Zakai Zeigler combined for 25 points off the bench for the Volunteers who shot 60 percent from the field and connected on 14 of their 24 3-point attempts.

Tennessee has covered against the college basketball spreads in each of its last four games.

Michigan vs Tennessee Head-to-Head

Michigan has won the last two meetings with Tennessee, although the teams haven’t played in 2014 so those results won’t be helpful in defining trends for those who bet online.

The most recent matchup was a 73-71 Michigan victory in the 2014 Midwest Regional semifinal when the Wolverines were listed as two-point favorites. The teams also met in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, with Michigan rolling to a 75-45 victory as a one-point underdog.

Michigan vs Tennessee Game Information

  • Game: Michigan (18-14) vs. Tennessee (27-7)
  • Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Day/Time: Saturday, 5:15 p.m. ET
  • Live stream: TBS.com
  • 2022 March Madness bracket

Michigan vs Tennessee Betting Lines

Michigan vs Tennessee Prediction

Michigan survived its NCAA opener without starting point guard DeVante’ Jones, who is still recovering from a concussion, but facing a Tennessee team that is in the top 10 nationally in steals per game could be a problem for Michigan. Tennessee is also an elite offensive rebounding team. Michigan isn’t nearly as successful in turning defense into offense.

Tennessee could have its hands full with 7-foot-1 sophomore Hunter Dickinson, who has scored at least 20 points in 10 of his last 16 games.

Michigan came into the season as one of the top title contenders, but facing a red-hot Tennessee team will be no easy task.

Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -250

Pick: Michigan Wolverines (+6)

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