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Michigan Wolverines Face Live Dog in LSU Tigers for Round Two

Wolverines Try To Carry Big Ten Flag

The top-seeded Michigan Wolverines try to avoid the upset bug plaguing this year’s NCAA Tournament when they face the eighth-seeded LSU Tigers on Monday. The two will clash in the second round of the East Region. The opening tip is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

The winner of this game will face either seventh-seeded Oregon or second-seeded Iowa next weekend in the Sweet 16.

LSU Tigers vs. Michigan Wolverines Betting Preview
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Looking at the college basketball odds for this one, the Wolverines are five-point favorites. The over/under set at 149½.

LSU Tigers Preview

After finishing the regular season record with an 18-9 record, the LSU Tigers were awarded the eighth seed in the East Region. The Tigers faced ninth-seeded St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the first round. The Bonnies won the Atlantic 10 and went 16-4 before entering the tournament.

LSU beat St. Bonaventure 76-61 easily, dominating the game in every category except for turnover margin. The Tigers shot 40.3% from the field and 32% from behind the arc.

They outrebounded the Bonnies 49-30. After the first half, it was apparent that LSU was not going to lose this basketball game. The Tigers took a nine-point lead into the half and did not look back when they returned to the floor.

This game was a prime example of how much strength of schedule matters in March. LSU was the third-best team in the SEC, but playing teams like Alabama and Arkansas was beneficial for them, and it should continue to be when it faces Michigan.

Michigan Wolverines Preview

The Wolverines went 20-4 in the regular season, but they were defeated by Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. However, this did not change the committee’s stance on Michigan, and it was still given the top seed in the East Region.

The Wolverines blew the Texas Southern Tigers off the court on Saturday by a score of 82-66. This was expected because Michigan was facing the 16th-seeded Tigers.

Texas Southern’s inability to play efficient defense hurt it against Michigan. The Wolverines looked very dynamic throughout the game, and it showed on the stat sheet. Michigan shot 48.1% from the field, and it outrebounded Texas Southern 38-28.

Michigan turned the ball over four more times than Texas Southern, but this did not matter. Mike Smith led the Wolverines with 18 points, four rebounds, and five assists.

Smith is the team’s leader in assists, but the Wolverines’ best player is freshman center Hunter Dickinson, who is averaging 14.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Additionally, to check out more specific information about the NCAAB props available for the NCAAM Sweet Sixteen matchup.

The Matchup

Even though this game is a 1 vs. 8 matchup, LSU can beat Michigan. We have seen crazier upsets than this would be throughout the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

This game is going to be won in the paint. Darius Days for LSU and Dickinson for Michigan will be battling all game. Whoever collects more rebounds should give their team a massive advantage.

LSU almost defeated Alabama, the second seed in the East, in the SEC Championship Game. They lost 80-79 to the Crimson Tide, so LSU has proven that it can play with great teams.

LSU is scoring 81.9 and giving up 61 points per game this season. These numbers are both better than Michigan, which is averaging 76.5 and allowing 66 points per game.

These two teams play great defense, and that means the under is likely on Monday.

I like LSU to cover the five-point spread. I do not think it will be able to finish off Michigan at the end of the game, but I think the Tigers will cover. This is a more favorable bet than Michigan on the moneyline as well.

When doing your college basketball betting, take the five points and LSU.

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