Despite breaking even in the Southeastern Conference Texas A&M has made the Sweet Sixteen. In fact, Aggie fans will get their second Sweet Sixteen run in the last three years. Now the Ags have a shot at their first ever Elite Eight appearance in program history. Michigan is in the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight year. Wolverine basketball is arguably in its most successful era ever. Head coach Jim Beilein’s team is killing Vegas lines NCAA basketball. Ironically, the Maize and Blue are winning with defense rather than their normal style of playground offense.
#7 Texas A&M Aggies vs. #3 Michigan Wolverines
Date and Time: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:37 p.m. Eastern
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NCAA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Texas A&M||+3 (-110)||134½ (-110)|
|Michigan||-3 (-110)||134½ (-110)|
Aggies vs. Wolverines TV Coverage: TBS
Texas A&M is coming off one if the biggest wins in its program history to make the Sweet Sixteen. Blue Blood power North Carolina was owned by the Aggies 86-65. With the win A&M is now 22-12 straight up. Payouts have hit in four of their last six games. Over the total has paid with Vegas lines NCAA basketball in five our their last eight. Starting with a 73-69 win over Providence, the Aggies have used strong defense to advance. TJ Starks was the hero against UNC with 21 points and five assists.
Michigan won the Big Ten tournament and is a red hot offshore betting sportsbook commodity. UM is 30-7 straight up and 22-12-1 against the spread. Eight of their last ten games have ended with a visit to the cashier’s cage. Over the total has hit in just two of their last six games. Defensively the Maize and Blue rank eighth in the country. Offensively they are a more pedestrian 169th. Freshman Jordan Poole hit a buzzer beater for the ages in Michigan’s 64-63 win over Houston. Opening round action saw them score a 61-47 payout over Montana.
Team vs Team
Jim Beilein is in his 11th season at Ann Arbor. He has led Michigan to eight Big Dance bids with four Sweet Sixteens. 2013 saw Michigan lose the championship game to a Louisville team that since had to vacate the win. Exciting offense has usually been his formula for success. However, this season Beilein has been forced to rely on defense instead. Billy Kennedy is in his seventh season at Texas A&M. He led the Aggies to the 2016 SEC regular season title. With his second Sweet Sixteen in three years Kennedy has earned credibility with gamblers.
While Michigan has an identity as a strong defensive team the Aggies are hard to label. They have above average numbers on both offense and defense. Beyond that Texas A&M also lacks a dominant individual player.
Matchup to Watch
Michigan is hotter than Texas chili. Profits are mounting for Vegas lines NCAA basketball wagering. Beyond that the Wolverines bring a defense that is getting results. Texas A&M played a lights out perfect game in their win over North Carolina. Such a performance will be hard to repeat against the Maize and Blue.
Aggies vs. Wolverines NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
In conclusion Texas A&M deserves respect for their current run. But Michigan is the better team and gets the call.
NCAA Betting Online Pick: Michigan Wolverines
NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Wolverines 73, Aggies 64
Check out the Michigan buzzer beater that put them in the Sweet Sixteen!