Written and authored by College Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst AlPresto. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Point Spread news and notes.NCAA Basketball Premium 500-star Picks are winning at a 70.1% rate and will continue through the 2016 March Madness Finals in April of 2016. The (20-11) and nine seed Northwestern Wildcats of the big-Ten Conference will be in the “HOOSIER STATE” for their opening round matchup. Northwestern will play the (20-11) and number 8 seed Michigan Wolverines also of the Big-10 in 2016 NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament action. Tip-off is 12:00 PM EST on the Big-Ten Network. The game is on Thursday, March 10, 2016. The teams will play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the NBA Pacers in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Northwestern Wildcats benefits more vs. Michigan than seven seed Ohio State. The Conference Committee did Northwestern a favor. The Michigan Wolverines are in trouble with their best player, Caris LeVert out for the season. The Opening Betting Line has Northwestern as a two-point Underdog Against The Spread on a neutral court. The Betting Odds Total is 134 for Thursday’s matchup. Read more on our Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors game write-up.
The 2016 Northwestern Wildcats come into the BigTen Tournament on a three-game win streak both straight up and against the point spread. Northwestern ended the regular season with a 65-54 home win over Nebraska. Head Coach and Chicago native Chris Collins is impressed with his team’s growth. The former Duke standout watched his team outperform Michigan for 30-minutes in their lone meeting this season. However, Michigan got the 72-63 home victory. Collings believe his team can take advantage of the Wolverines in the post. Michigan struggles to defend the basket. Second leading scorer Bryant McIntosh must impose his will, the first contest between the teams he only took seven shots. The Indiana native dishes out a team-best 6.7 assists per game. Senior Guard Tre Demps leads the team in scoring with 15.5 ppg.
The Michigan Wolverines lost four of five straight up down the stretch, including a ten-point home loss to Iowa. Michigan also went 0-2 ATS their last two basketball contests. Wolverines Head Coach John Beilein knows his team has a shot to get to the March Madness Tournament and his confidence rolls over to the team. Michigan lost to Louisville in the 2013 NCAA Final game. LeVert is the only holdover from the roster that took the Tournament by storm. Lose in the first round and they are looking at the NIT. With LeVert out of the lineup point guard Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin must impose their will on the Wildcats backcourt. Michigan has the better overall talent, but Northwestern will come to compete for forty minutes. Michigan must also be ready for the noon start. Michigan has to play an outside in basketball game. Michigan lacks size in the interior.
Northwestern is only 4-10 Against The Point Spread their last fourteen on Thursday’s.
The Betting Odds Over the Total are 15-6-1 Michigan last twenty-one vs. Big ten opponents.
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