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No. 18 Michigan takes on Providence in the Hall of Fame Tip-off on ESPN at 1:30pmET from Uncasville, Ct. The Wolverines are coming off an easy 84-61 win over George Washington to start the Tip-Off, while the Friars beat South Carolina, 76-67.
Matthews leads Wolverines over G.W.
Michigan is off to a 4-0 start with a big win over defending national champion Villanova. This is a team that has remained hot after last season when they ended winning 16 of their last 18 games. In Friday’s semifinal game against George Washington, senior guard Charles Matthews led the way with 25 points on 10 of 13 shooting and six boards. Jordan Poole added 22 points on 7 of 12 shooting.
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The Wolverines held the Colonials to 39.1 percent shooting and outrebounded them by seven. In the first four games, GW is the only Michigan opponent to score more than 50 points. Matthews leads the Wolverines with 18.5 points per game on 52.7 percent shooting. But defense is the story for Michigan as they rank 12th in the nation in field goal percentage defense with 33.3 percent.
Diallo leads Friars
Providence took care of South Carolina on Friday night but it wasn’t easy. They had to come from behind by eight at the half. Freshman David Duke led the way with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and star forwardAlpha Diallo added 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists on 5-of-9 shooting. Ultimately, the Friars found a way to win despite shooting 39 percent from the field and just 4-of-13 from 3-point range.
Diallo is averaging 19.5 points per game this season, 5.0 assists, and 10.0 rebounds, while freshman guard A.J. Reeves adds 15.8. The Friars are shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from long distance. They are allowing 69.5 points and 42.7 percent from the field (39.8% 3pt).
- 1-4 ATS last 5 overall.
- 5-2 ATS last 7 in neutral games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Providence is a good team but they are allowing teams to shoot nearly 40 percent from the three-point line. Michigan isn’t shooting it great from beyond the arc but they have a lot of capable shooters including Isaiah Livers (7 of 14) and Zavier Simpson (39%). The Wolverines are also one of the better defensive teams led by a tough zone that is a staple of John Bielein.
Full-Game Total Pick
Michigan’s tough defense has that is allowing just 47 points per game. They also play a slower tempo than most, which helps the under. Providence will struggle against that zone. Most teams do.