CBB Odds – Tennessee to Volunteer a win over the Michigan Wolverines
Written by North Shore Sports, INC
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The eight seed vs. nine seed matchup in the West Region on the CBB odds in the NCAA Tournament this week sees the Tennessee Volunteers (19-14) taking on the Michigan Wolverines (20-13) at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC on Friday, March 18 at 12:40 ET in a game televised nationally on truTV.
Tennessee was very inconsistent this season, and they finished the year 6-7 straight up in their last 13 games, but we still look for the Vols to rise up on the CBB odds here vs. a Michigan team that we feel overachieved this season.
The NCAA Basketball latest line at Bookmaker Sportsbook for this contest is Tennessee -2, with the betting total set at 127.
The fact that the nine seed is favored on the CBB odds here suggests that the linesmakers feel the same way about Michigan as we do, especially when you add in the fact that an SEC team is favored over a Big Ten team here.
The Wolverines probably rode the coattails of playing in the best conference in the nation to get into this tournament, as their Pomeroy numbers do not support a team that won 20 games this season.
Sure, the Wolverines went a scintillating 20-8 against the CBB odds, but a lot of that had to do with playing to inflated spreads, as Michigan is a terrible offensive rebounding team and it does not force many turnovers, and those two factors should combine to be the Wolverines’ undoing in this contest.
The Wolverines do rank 45th in offensive efficiency and 47th in two point shooting at 50.9 percent, but this is a team that needs to hit a high percentage of shots because it will not get many second chance points. Michigan ranks 327th out of 345 Division I teams in offensive rebounding percentage, grabbing its own misses only 25.9 percent of the time.
This should not change in this game as Tennessee allows offensive rebounds 31.3 percent of the time, which is better than the national average of 32.3 percent. Also, Tennessee ranks 48th in defensive efficiency, so do not count on Michigan matching its 50.9 percent two point average.
Worse yet, the Tennessee defense can push the Wolverines out and force more perimeter shots, and that is not Michigan’s strong suit as it ranks just 112th in three-point shooting.
On the other side of the ball, Michigan ranks 254th in forcing turnovers, doing so on only 18.8 percent of opponents’ possessions. That should allow Tennessee to get off basically any shot in wants, and unlike the Wolverines, the Volunteers figure to get many second chance points as they rank 12th in offensive rebounding percentage at a fat 37.9 percent.
Look for that difference in second chance points to add up to a Tennessee cover against the Friday afternoon’s CBB odds.
So will Tennessee justify the fact that it is favored here despite being the lower seed or will the disrespected Wolverines play to their higher seeding? You can back your opinion on this and other CBB odds using Triple Double, the new mobile platform from Bookmaker Sportsbook. Triple Double is betting on the go made simple.