In a March Madness Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament game, the 2-seed Villanova Wildcats will face off with the 11-seed Michigan Wolverines in the South Region. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, picks, bracketology, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our Villanova vs Michigan prediction for the game today.
Villanova vs Michigan | March Madness Sweet 16
2022 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
No. 2 Villanova Wildcats (28-7) vs. No. 11 Michigan Wolverines (19-14)
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 7:29 PM EST
Venue: AT&T Center — San Antonio, TX
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Villanova vs Michigan College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds
Moneyline: NOVA: (-220) | MICH: (+180)
Point Spread: NOVA: -5 (-110) | MICH: +5 (-110)
Total: 135 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
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KenPom Rankings | Bracketology
KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com
Villanova vs Michigan College Basketball Betting Trends
- Wildcats are 17-4 ATS in their last 21 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.
- Wildcats are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win.
- The UNDER is 7-0 in the Wildcats last seven games following an ATS win.
- Wolverines are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games as an underdog.
- Wolverines are just 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win.
- The total has gone OVER in each of the Wolverines’ last five games as an underdog.
Villanova vs Michigan Prediction | March Madness Sweet 16 Picks
Every year, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee seems to get away with putting an undeserving team in the bracket. Not only did the committee elect to include Michigan in this year’s field, but they allowed the Wolverines to bypass the First Four as well. In an eerily similar resemblance to Syracuse teams of years gone by, Michigan has parlayed their fortunate at-large bid into a Sweet 16 appearance.
With that being said, Villanova will easily provide the Wolverines with their toughest test to date. From a coaching standpoint, Jay Wright is a mismatch for almost anyone. Juwan Howard figures to be no exception. Having won two of the last five editions of the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats have been one of the most successful programs in the country in recent years. Led by two experienced and extremely talented guards in Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore, the Big East Tournament champs are more than capable of another Final Four appearance.
One area in which Michigan does figure to have a personnel advantage is in the frontcourt. Hunter Dickinson and Moussa Diabate present a difficult size matchup for a guard-dominated Wildcats team. Knowing that the Wolverines’ edge comes in the post, having this Sweet 16 matchup play out as a half-court slugfest would be ideal.
While Michigan figures to have no qualms about slowing things down based on the matchup, Villanova has been one of the 15 slowest teams on average this season. Despite the high level of offensive execution on both sides, the anticipated tempo suggests that betting the total under is the way to go.
Our college basketball betting Villanova vs Michigan prediction tonight will be UNDER 135 at BetUS.
For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Villanova a 76.5% chance to win.