The Michigan Wolverines defeated Tennessee 76-68 in their last game. Michigan made 50.0 percent of its field goals (27 of 54) and 6 of 16 three-point attempts. The Wolverines made 16 of 20 free throw attempts (80.0%). They grabbed 33 boards, six of which were offensive. They had 15 assists, 6 turnovers, and 4 steals in this game. Defensively, Michigan allowed their opponent to shoot 41.8%. (28 of 67 attempts). Tennessee had 15 assists and 7 steals. Moreover, Tennessee had 31 rebounds (10 offensive, 21 defensive) but no turnovers. Tennessee made 10 of 12 free throws, 83.3 percent. They made two of 18 field goals. The Wolverines had 12 fouls while Tennessee had 18.
Michigan comes into this game with a 19-14 record. They average 73.2 points per game and shoot 47.1 percent from the field. Three-pointers are 33.9 percent (207 of 610) and free throws are 75.2 percent. Michigan has averaged 35.6 rebounds and 470 assists this season, ranking 82nd in college basketball in terms of passing. They average 11.8 turnovers and 15.3 personal fouls per game.
They force 10.0 turnovers and draw 16.1 fouls per game. With 367 assists allowed this season, they are ranked 88th in college basketball. The Wolverines’ defence allows 44.3 percent field goals (858 of 1,936) and 30.0 rebounds per game. They allow 32.5 percent of their opponents’ three-point shots and rank 192nd in points allowed per game (69.6).
The Villanova Wildcats defeated Ohio State 71-61 last time out. In this game, the Wildcats had 26 rebounds, 17 defensive and 9 offensive. They also had nine turnovers and seven steals. The Buckeyes committed 18 fouls, forcing the Wildcats to shoot 20 free throws. They made 17 of 18 free throws (85.0%). Villanova made 8 of 23 long-range shots (34.8 percent ). The Wildcats finished 23 of 52 field goal attempts for 44.2 percent. Ohio State made 24 of 57 field goals against the Wildcats, a 42.1% success rate. They finished the game 7 of 22 from distance (31.8%) and 6 of 11 from the line (61.8%). (54.5 percent ). Villanova gave Ohio State 33 team rebounds (13 offensive).
This season, Villanova is 28-7. On offence, the Wildcats shoot 43.9 percent from the field, good for 187th in college basketball. This season, Villanova has 2,548 points (72.8 ppg) and 34.8 rebounds per game. They average 12.1 assists per game (246th in D-1) and 10.0 turnovers. The Wildcats average 15.2 personal fouls per game and 82.6 percent from the line.
The Wildcats’ defence allows 30.6 percent 3-point attempts (254 of 829) and 74.3 percent free throw attempts. They allow 11.3 dimes and 32.2 boards per game, which ranks them 69th and 62nd, respectively. The Wildcats allow the 25th-most points per game in Division I. They commit 12.1 turnovers per game and allow 40.9 percent field goal shooting.
Pick: Take Villanova (-4)