Saturday, March 22, 2014

Texas vs. Michigan Breakdown & Prediction

No. 7 Texas vs. No. 2 Michigan
Time: 5:15PM ET
Venue: BMO Harris Bradley Center
Records: Texas 24-10; Michigan 26-8
Texas stat leaders: Points – Jonathan Holmes (13.0 ppg); Rebounds – Cameron Ridley (8.1 rpg); Assists – Isaiah Taylor (3.9 apg); Steals – Demarcus Holland (1.2 spg).
Michigan stat leaders: Points – Nik Stauskas (17.4 ppg); Rebounds – Jordan Morgan (4.8 rpg); Assists – Stauskas (3.2 apg); Steals – Caris LeVert (1.1 spg).
Current Streaks: Texas W1, Michigan W1
Point Spread: Michigan -5
Prediction: Michigan faces a tough matchup today in a sense that Texas has some size to work with. The Longhorns are 4th nationally in rebounding, averaging 41.7 per game. Texas will likely look to hammer the glass and try and attack from the inside. The Longhorns aren’t a great shooting team from the outside and the defense is suspect, so Michigan will have its chances to score. The Wolverines will need their shooting shoes on today. Second chance opportunities will be limited and Texas is going to score in the paint. If Michigan is going to win, it is going to have to shoot well from the perimeter and simply outscore the Longhorns. I do think Michigan can do that and I think the Wolverines ultimately will do that. Michigan 77, Texas 72

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