John Beilein has emerged as the greatest coach in Michigan basketball history. And last year may have been his best coaching job ever. To begin with the Wolverines were not a top choice with the college basketball betting line. However, Beilein got them all the way to the national championship game. But that is where their Cinderella run ended. Villanova also has an uber elite coach in Jay Wright. And two national championships in the last three seasons. As a matter of fact, Wednesday’s matchup of Beilein and Wright is Hall of Fame worthy.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Villanova Wildcats
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Finneran Pavilion, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Michigan is 2-0 straight up but 0-2 against the spread. Indeed, the Wolverines have proven to be overlays against weak competition. So far Michigan beat Norfolk State 53-44 and Holy Cross 56-37. Beilein has led the Maize and Blue to the national championship game twice. For instance, their first run was with a highly talented team that was offense oriented. Counter to that was last year’s team that was defensively centric. Such success shows the brilliance of Beilein and his ability to adjust tactically with the personnel that he has. Ignas Brazdelkis leads with 15 points per game.
Villanova is 2-0 straight up and 1-1 vs. the odds. Correlate wins over Morgan State (100-77) and Quinnipiac (86-53). Initially there were justifiable worries about the departure of Jalen Brunson to the NBA Draft. Brunson was the catalyst to the Wildcats success last year. Balanced against that is Wright’s tremendous recruiting classes in recent years. Hence, it’s not an exaggeration to state that he has built a super power program. Phil Booth leads with 20 points per game. While Booth will be compared to Brunson, he has shown the capability to take charge.
Stats to Consider
Michigan has been a strong road dog value with the college basketball betting line. For example, the Wolverines have come away with the cash in their last four games in that role. Just two of their last seven as away pups went under the total. Balanced against that is Villanova’s excellence as a home favorite. To show, the Wildcats have covered seven of their last nine laying points at home. Additionally, Nova has gone over the total in 12 of their last 13 in that situation.
Team vs. Team
In this head to head NCAA Basketball matchup Villanova has won and covered both previous meetings. Last April in the national championship game the Wildcats paid out 79-62. Both of the previous meetings in this series stayed under the total. From a gambling perspective these are two marquee high profile programs. In contrast to many November matchups this is as good as it gets.
Matchup to Watch
Naturally Villanova will get plenty of college basketball betting line respect with the public. In a similar light Michigan may bring value as the road dog. Likewise, the Wolverines strong defense should keep them in range for a potential upset.
Michigan vs. Villanova NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
To conclude Michigan should come away with the cash as the quality road dog.
Michigan vs. Villanova NCAA Betting Online Pick: Michigan Wolverines
Michigan vs. Villanova NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Michigan 78, Villanova 79
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