Michigan-Oregon to Deliver March Madness Betting Brawl
Posted by: Mike Davis
The March Madness betting tournament is in full swing and this year fans have already witnessed one of the most surprising, exciting, and nail-biting opening rounds to the tournament in recent years. Last year’s title match was as thrilling as they get but judging by how this year’s tourney is starting out, this year’s championship could very well top 2016’s.
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We’ve hit the Sweet Sixteen round of betting action, which means that there will be 8 games spread out from Thursday to Friday. Thursday’s betting NCAA basketball action brings some very intriguing matchups. It’s hard to tell how those contests will turn out, but one particular matchup that promises to come down to the wire is the pairing between Michigan and Oregon.
Michigan vs. Oregon – Thursday, March 23
When: 7:09 pm ET
Where: Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd, Kansas City
NCAA Tournament Betting Lines:
Michigan Wolverines -1 (-110) 146 ½ (-110) -120
Oregon Ducks +1 (-110) 146 ½ (-110) EV
Entering the 2016-17 season, the Ducks were coming off an extremely successful 31-win season that saw the program advance all the way to the Elite Eight where Oklahoma deftly sent Oregon home 68-80. Nevertheless, the Ducks were hopeful they could follow up last year’s success with an ever better performance and interestingly enough, Oregon is currently sitting on 31 wins.
The Ducks have turned in a 31-5 record so far this season that was good enough to tie the program for a first place finish in the Pac-12 alongside the Arizona Wildcats. Once in the Pac-12 Tournament, the Wildcats were able to advance to the championship match where they came up short against Arizona 80-83.
Thursday evening, the Ducks will turn to leading point-scorer Dillon Brooks to lead them to a triumphant victory. Brooks is currently averaging 16.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per outing. Second in points for Oregon is Tyler Dorsey who is putting up 14.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.
Like the Ducks, the Wolverines were also able to qualify for the March Madness betting tournament. Granted, Michigan got eliminated in the First Round after advancing past Tulsa in the First Four.
The Wolverines have clawed their way to a 26-11 record that ranks Michigan 5th in the Big Ten. Once in the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan made quick work of their opponents and even beat out Wisconsin to win the tourney, giving the program an automatic bid in this year’s tournament. So far, the Wolverines have faced off against Oklahoma State and Louisville. The Wolverines have overcome both teams with little difficulty.
Michigan looks to keep the good times rolling and will turn to Derrick Walton Jr. to help them accomplish that. Walton Jr. is currently averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per outing. Second in points for the Wolverines is Zak Irvin who is putting up 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.