Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Michigan Wolverines Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips
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Texas Tech vs Michigan Preview & Game Statistics
9:39, Thursday March 28 @ Honda Center, Anaheim, CA.
In the West Region, #2 seed Michigan is the slight betting favorite facing #3 seed Texas Tech.
Texas Tech has had little problem advancing to the Sweet 16 with both of their wins in the College Basketball National Tournament coming by at least 15 points. This will be their first game in the Big Dance facing a team from a major conference.
The Red Raiders rank third in the nation in points allowed only giving up an average of 59.2 ppg and in their two tournament games to date, they have only given up 57 and 58 points respectively.
Michigan is in the same boat as Texas Tech, as they have won both of their March Madness games by at least 15 points. Their defense has been fantastic and only two teams are allowing fewer points per game than the Red Raiders and one of those teams is Michigan.
This is the first ever meeting between these teams.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Form
In their 2nd Round game, Texas Tech took out the region’s 6th seed in Buffalo beating them 78-58. The Red Raiders took control in the 2nd half, outscoring the Bulls by 12 points and they held them to 36.5% shooting while they shot a legit FG% of 48.2%.
Jarrett Culver led Tech with 16 points on 6/17 shooting and also had 10 rebounds. Every starter for the team scored in double figures.
Culver leads three players averaging in double figures on the season at 18.5 ppg and he had blown up for 29 and 26 points, respectively, in the two games previous to the win over Buffalo.
Davide Moretti (11.5 ppg) and Matt Mooney (10.9 ppg) are the other two players averaging in double figures. The top three scorers for the Red Raiders are guards and they have to shoot the rock well and they will be tested by a great Michigan defense.
Michigan Wolverines Form
In their last tourney game, Michigan beat the region’s 10th seed in Florida winning 64-49. While they did not have the best shooting game with a FG% of 42.1% they outscored the Gators by 11 points in the 2nd half and held them to 34.5% from the field.
Jordan Poole led the Wolverines with 19 points on only 5/15 shooting and Isaiah Livers was the only other player for the team in double digits going for 10 points off the bench.
There are three players for Michigan averaging in double figures led by Ignas Brazdeikis (15.1 ppg), who only went for five points on 2/8 shooting in the win over Florida. Poole ranks 2nd on the team averaging 12.9 ppg and while he has gone for at least 10 points in three straight games in two of them he failed to shoot over 33.3% from the floor.
The Red Raiders may have trouble facing 7’1” center Jon Teske (9.6 ppg 7.1 rpg), who has 19 points and 19 rebounds in the two tournament games.
Texas Tech vs Michigan Betting Trends
- Texas Tech is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
- Texas Tech is 3-3 ATS this season in their 6 neutral site games.
- Texas Tech has an Under record of 4-2 in their last six neutral site games.
- Michigan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- Michigan is 6-1 ATS this season in their 7 neutral site games.
- Michigan has an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan Wolverines Tip
We have to go with Michigan in this game between two of the top three defensive teams in the nation. The Wolverines have more balance on the floor and their defense will keep the Red Raiders’ guards from shooting a high FG%.
In a low scoring game Michigan will come out on top and cover the small spread as well advancing to the Elite 8.
Tip: Michigan -2 (-101)