The 31-7 Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten conference will face the 34-5 Louisville Cardinals from the Big East conference in the NCAA Tournament college basketball Championship Game on Monday night. Tip off time from a neutral court at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta is scheduled for 9:23PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.
The college basketball odds from this NCAA Tournament championship game has the Louisville Cardinals favored by -3 ½ points with an over under line of 138 points. Early money has landed on Michigan and the over because when the lines came out it was Louisville a -4 point favorite with a total of 136 ½ points. There have been no recent head to head meetings on the college hardwood between the Wolverines and Cardinals.
Michigan began play in the NCAA Tournament with early round wins against South Dakota St and VCU. In the Sweet Sixteen the Wolverines overcame a 12 point deficit late in the game to force overtime that resulted in a two point win against Kansas. The regional final was a 79-59 blowout victory by Michigan against the Florida Gators as a +4 point underdog. The Wolverines are coming off the 61-56 victory in a Final Four game against the Syracuse Orange as a -1 ½ point betting favorite. The total came in at under 128 ½ points. Michigan stormed out to the 36-25 lead after one period in the victory. They survived a 39.6% shooting game and hit on 8 of 24 three pointers. The pulled down four more rebounds than the Orange and held Syracuse to 41.8% from the floor. The difference in the game came as the Orange was only able to down 3 of 14 three point attempts. Mitch McGary for Michigan contributed with 10 points and 12 rebounds as he made 4 of his 8 shots. The Wolverines are an excellent shooting team as they rank seventh nationally by connecting on 48.3% of their shots.
Louisville started play in their NCAA Tournament run with early round blowout victories against North Carolina A&T and Colorado St. In the Sweet Sixteen the Cardinals got by Oregon by eight points. It was a 22 point victory by Louisville in their Regional Final contest against the Duke Blue Devils. The Cardinals are coming off the 72-68 victory against the Wichita St Shockers in the Final Four round as a -9 ½ point betting favorite. The game ended over the total of 132 ½ points. The Cardinals hit on 44.9% from the field and made 9 of 25 three points. Louisville held the Shockers to just 40.7% from the field along with 6 of 20 three pointers. The team survived missing 10 of 29 free three attempts. Russ Smith led Louisville with 21 points as he made 6 of his 17 shots. Louisville sits in the top ten percent of college basketball in three key areas which are points for and against per game and defensive field goal percentage. The Cardinals average 74.3 points a game and allow just 58.3 points. Teams connect on just 39.2% from the field against Louisville.