Michigan vs. Villanova Prediction
Not many believed 11 seed Michigan would advance to the Sweet 16 but the Wolverines will take on 2 seed Villanova at 7:29 p.m. ET on Thursday with an opportunity to punch their ticket to the Elite Eight. Has Michigan finally met its match or will the Wolverines at least cover as a 5-point dog?
625 Michigan Wolverines (+5) vs. 626 Villanova Wildcats (-5); o/u 135.5
7:29 p.m. ET, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Michigan Wolverines DFS Snapshot
Hunter Dickinson provided 27 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal across 38 minutes during Saturday's 76-68 win over Tennessee. Dickinson's late-season run of dominance has continued into the NCAA Tournament, where the 7-1 sophomore has logged performances of 21 and 27 points on a combined 69.6 percent shooting. He'll now look ahead to a Sweet Sixteen matchup against Villanova, where he'll have a height advantage over anyone thrown at him, but will also likely face a double-team on just about every possession. Michigan will need him to overcome that if the Wolverines want to keep their Elite Eight hopes alive.
Villanova Wildcats DFS Snapshot
Jordan Longino (knee) was unavailable for the Wildcats’ NCAA Tournament game against Ohio State. Longino also missed the team’s first-round victory against Delaware and will remained sidelined against the Buckeyes. As of this writing, the freshman guard’s availability remains up in the air for Thursday night’s matchup with Michigan.
March Madness Betting Prediction
The Wildcats have covered in 17 of their last 21 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite, are 19-7 against the number in their last 26 NCAA Tournament games overall and have cashed in five of their last seven games played at a neutral site. On the other side, the Wolverines are just 1-5 against the number in their last six games following a win and 1-7 at the window in their last eight games following an ATS win.
MARCH MADNESS BETTING PREDICTION: VILLANOVA WILDCATS -5