NCAA Tournament: Michigan vs. Montana fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 15
Game Time: 9:50 ET
Venue: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, KS
All You Really Need To Know About Michigan (28-7)
(Big Ten), RPI: 14. 3-seed
Solid throughout the year, the Wolverines rose up when the lights were on in a brilliant Big Ten Tournament run to the title. On an 11-game winning streak, it’s a fun, fearless team that feeds off positive momentum and a great offensive balance. The team seems to live for the big shot and key moment.
Air-tight, the guard play is terrific with few turnovers or big mistakes. There’s lots of ball movement, plenty of good looks, and a whole lot of threes getting jacked up. There’s not a lot happening on the defensive interior, but overall the Wolverines can guard. The big, giant, glaring Achilles’ heel, though, is the free throw line, hitting just 66% as a team.
All You Really Need To Know About Montana (26-7)
(Big Sky), RPI: 76. 14-seed
The Grizzlies took home both the regular season and Big Sky tournament championships, blowing through for the titles. Ahmaad Rorie and Michael Oguine are the big scorers, while Jamar Akoh hits the boards.
They don’t do anything from three, they commit a whole lot of fouls, and they’re not all that great on the free throw line, but they’re amazing on the offensive boards and they come up with a whole lot of steals. As long as they don’t have to bomb away to get back in games, they’ll be a problem.
What’s Going To Happen
Montana is going to be really, really annoying.
The Grizzlies are good enough on the boards to shove around the Wolverines a little bit, and they’re going to attack the guards and bother the Michigan guards all game long. However, they’re not going to hit from the outside, and they’re going to get tagged with too many fouls.
Michigan is ultra-careful with the ball, and they’ll hit their threes to keep pushing the away late. Montana might be good enough to keep this close, but on the free throw line and from outside, Michigan will advance.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Michigan 78, Montana 68
Line: Michigan -11, o/u: 135
ATS Confidence: 3
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