Michigan Wolverines vs Villanova Wildcats Predictions and Picks
The Michigan Wolverines will face the Villanova Wildcats in an intriguing Sweet 16 matchup. These two teams last faced each other in 2018. Michigan crushed Villanova in that matchup 73-46.
Michigan had an extremely mediocre regular season. They went 19-14 overall and 11-8 in conference play. Michigan beat the Big Ten’s non-ranked teams in all but one conference win.
Michigan faced two strong teams during March Madness. In the first round, they faced the Colorado State Rams. They were the West Coast Conference’s best team. Michigan beat Colorado State 75-63 behind Hunter Dickinson’s 21 point performance. Dickinson went 8-10 from the field and 5-5 from the free-throw line. With four blocks, Dickinson also did well on defense. In this game, Michigan’s starters were heavily depended on; four of the five starters scored 13 points or more.
The Wolverines were up against the Tennessee Volunteers during the Second Round. They were down by five at the end of the first half but stormed back in the second and outscored Tennessee 44-31. They won the game 76-68. Hunter Dickinson and Eli Brooks both scored more than 20, but Dickinson had an incredible all-around game. Dickinson had 27 points on 8-13 shooting, 3-5 three-point shooting, and 8-10 free-throw shooting. He also had 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.
The Wolverines struggle on defense and allow almost 70 points a game. Or they’ll be destroyed.
The Villanova Wildcats had another excellent season and went 28-7. The regular season ended with them ranked sixth across the country.
Villanova faced the Delaware Blue Hens during the first round. They won that game easily 80-60. Justin Moore led the Wildcats in scoring with his 21 points. He had six assists, one steal and one assist.
Villanova faced a tougher Second Round matchup. They went up against the Ohio State Buckeyes and won 71-61. Collin Gillespie left that match. He played all but two minutes and finished with 20 points. Although he didn’t shoot very well, he did hit some crucial shots in the final stretch.
Villanova is a veteran team that has had deep runs in the March Madnesses. These guys know how to win, and I’m picking them to win.
Villanova beats Michigan 70-67. Michigan covers, Over 135.5 points.
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Head-to-Head: Michigan Wolverines vs Villanova Wildcats
Michigan Wolverines Head-to-Head Villanova Wildcats Juwan Howard Head Coach Jay Wright 19-14 (11-8, 7th in Big Ten) Standing 28-7 (16-4, 2nd in Big East) Leader (Per Game) Hunter Dickinson (18.7) PPG Collin Gillespie (16.0) Hunter Dickinson (8.4) RPG Jermaine Samuels (6.4) DeVante’ Jones (4.6) APG Collin Gillespie (3.4) Eli Brooks (1.2) SPG Brandon Slater (1.1) Hunter Dickinson (1.5) BPG Jermaine Samuels (0.7) Hunter Dickinson (. 571) FG% Eric Dixon (. 510) Terrance Williams II (. 388) 3P% Eric Dixon (. 516)
Why Might the Michigan Wolverines Win?
The Michigan Wolverines beat Tennessee last time and could upset Villanova as well. They must avoid fouls and make turnovers.
Villanova does a great job from the free-throwline. They hit 82.3% of their free-throw shots. They must play intelligent basketball and try to avoid fouling.
Michigan does not play great defense; they allow 69.6 points per game and do not come up with many steals. Their goal is to keep Villanova’s ball in their hands and be proactive in passing lanes. They will reduce Villanova’s scoring chances if they do.
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Why might the Villanova Wildcats win?
The Wildcats, while the favorite in this matchup are smaller than Michigan. To win, they must defend the rim as well as win the rebounding contest.
Villanova doesn’t have a center. Their tallest player is 6’8″. Their defense must be strong and they need to protect the rim. It will be hard because Hunter Dickinson is 7’1″, Michigan’s top scorer.
Villanova must rebound against the bigger Michigan team. The Wolverines are big and strong so they must be aggressive. They win the rebounding match if they do.
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Wolverines Key Player: (C) Hunter Dickinson
Hunter Dickinson has played all but seven minutes of the Wolverines’ last two games. March Madness has been a good experience for Dickinson. He is averaging 24 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 1.0 steals in the last two games.
Dickinson must continue to play hard defense and offense against Villanova. He must defend the rim, and Villanova should rely on outside shots.
Wildcats key player: (G. Collin Gillespie
Collin Gillespie) Despite having a fantastic season, he showed more improvement in Villanova’s final game. He finished with 20 points and went a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line.
Gillespie must continue to draw fouls against Michigan. Gillespie was 2-9 in the deep against Ohio State. Gillespie needs to improve his outside shooting, but he must continue playing and running the Wildcats’ offense.
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Michigan Wolverines vs Villanova Wildcats Information What Michigan Wolverines vs Villanova Wildcats Where AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas When Thursday, March 24, 7: 29 PM EST How to Watch TBS