Michigan vs Montana 3/21/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Michigan Wolverines vs. Montana Grizzlies
NCAAB: 3:00 PM EST
Mar. 21, 2019
On Thursday, the No. 2 seeded Michigan Wolverines will play the No. 15 seeded Montana Grizzlies in an NCAA Tournament West Region first round matchup. The Wolverines were defeated by Michigan State on Sunday 65-60 in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game. Ignas Brazdeikas led the Wolverines in the loss with 19 points, while Jordan Pooke chipped in with 13 and Jon Teske 10.
Montana punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 68-62 win over Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Tournament Championship game. The Grizzlies were led by Sayeed Pridgett with 18 points, and the Grizzlies overcame a deficit of 12 points to win. The Grizzlies also won the regular season title in the BSC.
Ignas Brazdeikis is the leading scorer and second leading rebounder for Michigan with averages of 14.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The leading rebounder is Jon Teske with an average of 6.8 per game, while Zavier Simpson leads the Wolverines in assists with an average of 6.5 per game. Michigan is shooting 45.1% from the field and 35.1% from 3-point territory.
Jamar Akohi leads the Grizzlies in scoring and rebounding with averages of 15.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Three other players for Montana are averaging double figures in scoring. The team leader in assists is Ahmaad Rome with an average of 3.8 per game. Montana is shooting 49.2% from the field and 38.2% from 3-point territory.
Recent Betting Trends:
Michigan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6
The OVER has cashed in 5 of the Wolverines last 7
Montana is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6
The OVER has cashed in 3 of the Grizzlies last 5
Free Betting Pick: Under 131.5
Michigan has been one of the top 5 teams in the nation all season and lost a tough battle with Michigan State for the Big Ten title. The Wolverines have one of the nation’s best defenses that will be on display Thursday. Montana has won 6 of its last 7 straight up and but has played much inferior competition compared to that of the Wolverines Big Ten schedule. Final Score Prediction, Michigan Wolverines win and cover ATS, but top play is the under 71-53.