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Villanova Faces Upstart Michigan Thursday Night in Sweet Sixteen Betting

Although the Villanova Wildcats are not a national blue blood power brand, they are a newer version of that.  Villanova won its initial national championship in 1985.  However, that was considered an epic upset over the powerful Georgetown Hoyas.  Following that title run, the Wildcats were never close to sniffing the Final until making it in 2009.  And then the Wildcats won national titles in 2016 and 2018.  In those championship seasons, Villanova was not an upstart Cinderella.  The Wildcats have been a perennial March Madness betting contender for over 15 years.

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Sweet Sixteen

Michigan Wolverines vs. Villanova Wildcats Betting Information

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 7:29 pm ET
Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
TV Coverage: TBS

Michigan Wolverines vs. Villanova Wildcats Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Michigan +5 ( -110 ) 135½ ( -110 ) +180
Villanova -5 ( -110 ) 135½ ( -110 ) -220
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Michigan Wolverines vs. Villanova Wildcats CashBet Wagering Analysis

At the onset of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan was ripped for being an undeserving brand.  Instead of a quality sportsbook odds team.  And there was reason for that labeling.  Most bracketologists believed that teams such as the Texas A&M Aggies were more worthy of a March Madness bid than the Maize and Blue.

Michigan Rebounds From the Abyss

The Michigan Wolverines have a 2022 March Madness betting record of 19-14 straight up, 15-18 against the spread, and 21-12 over/under the total.  Overall, the Wolverines have national metrics of 130th for scoring offense, 138th for offensive rebounds, 205th for points allowed, and 30th for defensive rebounds.  Center Hunter Dickinson leads the Wolverines with 18.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest.  Guard Eli Brooks is adding 12.8 points per contest.

Last time out for Michigan was a 76-68 win over the Tennessee Volunteers as 6.5-point dogs.  And then the game went over the total of 136.5.  In the first round, the Maize and Blue defeated the Colorado State Rams 75-63 as 1.5-point favorites.  Also, the game went over the total of 137.5.  Michigan has covered three of its most recent four games.  The Wolverines are 8-2 over the total in their last ten outings.

Of course, Michigan did not have a great season and faded down the stretch.  In the Big Ten Tournament, Indiana eliminated them in their first game.  All of this came on the heels of coach Juwan Howard being suspended for five games due to slapping an opposing assistant coach after a game.  Thus, there was enormous negativity for Michigan on the hardwood and at the betting window.

Accordingly, the Wolverines’ March Madness rebound shows how a season gone bad can quickly become a good one and vice versa.  Juwan Howard has gone from nearly fired to being celebrated as an alum that is building a more talented program than the one he inherited.

Villanova Showing Championship Form

To begin with, the Villanova Wildcats have a bet on NCAA basketball record of 28-7 straight up, 18-16-1 against the spread, and 17-18 over/under the total.  The Wildcats have national metrics of 115th for scoring offense, 210th for offensive rebounds, 36th for points allowed, and 38th for defensive rebounds.  Guard Collin Gillespie leads Villanova with 15.9 points per game.  In comparison, guard Justin Moore adds 15.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.

Last time out for Villanova was a 71-61 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes as 5-point favorites.  The tilt went under the total of 134.  Previously in the first round, Nova defeated the Delaware Blue Hens 80-60 as 15-point favorites.  The game went over the total of 135.  Late on, Villanova has covered three of its last four games, with four of its previous five games going under the total.

Michigan Wolverines vs. Villanova Wildcats CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, Michigan will meet its toughest 2022 March Madness betting opponent.  Jay Wright is possibly the best coach in the country.  By contrast, Juwan Howard is still learning on the fly and lacks Wright’s profound NCAA Tournament experience.

Michigan vs. Villanova CashBet Best Bet: 

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