The Sweet Sixteen matchup between the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (28-6) and the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (30-6) will be played at Honda Center. Michigan opened as a 2-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 126 points. Tip-off is set for 9:39 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan Wolverines Betting Preview
In the Second Round, the Red Raiders dismantled the No. 6 Buffalo Bulls, 78-58. Jarrett Culver led Texas Tech in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting. Texas Tech dominated every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.339 (above their season average of 0.242) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 44.1 (above their season average of 28.1). For those same stats, Buffalo put up marks of 0.212 and 30.2, respectively.
The Wolverines come in on a high note after topping the No. 10 Florida Gators in the Second Round, 64-49. Michigan rallied around Jordan Poole, who was the game’s high scorer with 19 points on 5-for-15 shooting. Michigan played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.158 (below their season average of 0.193) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.4 (above their season average of 24.4). For those same stats, Florida put up marks of 0.036 and 13.9, respectively.
Points could be at a premium as a pair of the country’s top defenses square off. Michigan ranks second in defensive efficiency (89.7) and Texas Tech is first (87.8).
Texas Tech vs. Michigan Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Texas Tech, ATS Winner – Texas Tech, O/U – Under
The Red Raiders are fourth in the country with 9.6 assists allowed per game while the Wolverines are 11th with 10.1 assists allowed per game.
Michigan ranks second in steals allowed per game (3.9) while Texas Tech ranks 159th (6.4).
The Wolverines rank 144th in three pointers attempted per game (22.8) while the Red Raiders rank 266th (19.5).
Texas Tech ranks 12th in blocks per game (4.9) while Michigan ranks 122nd in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
The Wolverines’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.4, up from 12.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Red Raiders have scored an average of 74.8 points per game (1.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 63.6 points per game (4.4 above their season average).