Sports Betting Picks Extra Extra 03-23-2017 Oregon Vs. Michigan
Sports Betting Picks Extra Extra 03-23-2017 ESPN Breakdown Below
There are two compelling stories heading into the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region matchup between Michigan and Oregon. The Wolverines and the Ducks face off in the first of two semifinals on Thursday night at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Michigan’s run through the Big Ten tournament, beginning with its team plane’s slide off the runway prior to the event, has been well-chronicled. But the No. 7 seed Wolverines (26-11) are not a fairy-tale story. They earned their way to Kansas City with gutsy victories over Oklahoma State and second-seeded Louisville in the first two rounds.
“There’s always going to be a lot of hype about what teams are getting most hype early, and it just doesn’t go away,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “The level of coaching in this league, the resources in this league, the level of talent in this league, it will come to the top at the end of the year.”
The Wolverines are confident heading into Kansas City to face the third-seeded Ducks (31-5). They seem to have that “it” that underdogs who make deep runs must have.
“I had no doubt in my mind, if it came down to the way it did, in the second half that we would be able to pull it out,” D.J. Wilson said about the victory over Louisville. “I think it just shows the versatility of this team. Our offense, it’s kind of like ‘pick your poison.’ Today, we didn’t knock down the 3 (3-point shot). We worked, and we did other things to put the ball in the hole, and it was effective.”
Michigan is a well-balanced team, with four players (Derrick Walton Jr., Zak Irvin, Moritz Wagner and Wilson) averaging between 11.0 and 15.4 points, and those same four players average between 4.1 and 5.3 rebounds per game.