The 30-7 Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten conference will match up against the 30-9 Syracuse Orange from the Big East conference in NCAA Tournament Final Four college basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta is scheduled for 8:50PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.
The college basketball betting odds from the NCAA Tournament Final Four game has the Michigan Wolverines favored by -2 points with an over under line of 131 points. The teams last met during the 2010-11 season where Syracuse posted the 53-50 victory as a -6 ½ point betting favorite on a neutral court in Atlantic City at the Legends Classic. The total landed under 132 ½ points.
Michigan began play in the first week of the NCAA Tournament with point spread covering victories against South Dakota St and VCU Rams. In the Sweet Sixteen the Wolverines pulled out an 87-85 overtime victory against the Kansas Jayhawks as a +1 point underdog where they erased a ten point deficit late in regulation. Michigan is coming off the 79-59 Elite Eight victory against the Florida Gators as a +4 point underdog. The game landed over 134 ½ points. The Wolverines stormed out to the 47-30 lead at the half in victory. They shot 46.2% from the field and nailed 10 of 19 three pointers. Michigan held Florida to just 41.1% shooting along with 2 of 10 from beyond the arc. The Wolverines committed six less turnovers than the Gators. Nik Stauskas went off for 22 points and a perfect 6 of 6 from the three point line for Michigan. The team shoots extremely well ranking sixth in the nation field goal shooting 18th from the three point line. The Wolverines connect on 48.5% of their shots and 38.5% accuracy from the three point line.
The Orange began their NCAA Tournament with victories during the first week against Montana bay 47 points and a six points victory against California. In the Sweet Sixteen the Orange earns the 61-50 win against the Indiana Hoosiers as a +5 point underdog. Syracuse is coming off the 55-39 victory in the Elite Eight against the Marquette Golden Eagles as a -4 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished under 126 ½ points. Syracuse pulled away in the second half by outscoring Marquette 31-21 for the win. The Orange survived a 38% shooting game and 5 of 17 from three point land. They had five less rebounds than Marquette but made up for it with eight less turnovers. Syracuse held the Golden Eagles to a miserable 22.6% shooting along with 3 of 24 from the three point line. James Southerland had 16 points and three boards as he made 6 of his 13 shots for the Orange. Syracuse is an outstanding defensive team ranking third in all of college basketball in the two key areas of field goal and three point defending. The Orange gives up just 36.8% shooting along with 28.3% coming from three.