South Carolina Vs. Michigan Predictions – NCAA College Basketball Picks | Betting Odds
Let’s say it out loud. Michigan might be the best team in the nation. The Wolverines will have a favorable matchup early on Saturday, looking for their 10th straight win of the season. South Carolina wants to play spoiler. They might need a solid shooting day to pull the upset when they visit the Crisler Center, in Ann Arbor.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. 5 Michigan Wolverines Predictions
Michigan is one of the 11 teams in the nation who are still undefeated this season, but the only one inside the Big Ten. Slowly they are climbing up the ranking, but in my mind, they need to be a little higher. The Wolverines have beaten three ranked teams this season, including Villanova, North Carolina, and Purdue. Michigan has been a great beat lately, covering the spread in six five of the last seven games. They did struggle against Northwestern in their last outing, winning 62-60 but failing to cover as 5-point road favorites.
Michigan’s effort on the defensive side of the floor is what has separated the Wolverines from the rest of the teams inside the Big Ten. They have given up 52.7 points per game this season, the third best number in the College Basketball. South Carolina might not be a challenge for Michigan. That’s the perfect scenario for the Wolverines after playing a close one against Northwestern. The Gamecocks have alternated wins and losses in the last eight games. They haven’t recorded two straight wins or two consecutive losses this season.
The Gamecocks are second last inside the SEC. They are one of the two teams inside the conference who are not above .500; the other team being Texas A&M. South Carolina gives up a high 70.4 points per game, and they haven’t faced a ranked team this season. In fact, all their opponents have come from outside the Power 5 Conferences. The next three games will be a lot to ask for South Carolina. After facing Michigan, they will go against Virginia, who is currently ranked fourth in the nation and then Clemson. It could be a long stretch. The Gamecocks have failed to cover the spread in the last five straight games. In fact, they have covered the spread just once in the eight games they have played this season.
Michigan has won eight of their nine games this season by double-digits, and this one against South Carolina will have the same script. The Wolverines defense will shut down the Gamecocks completely. After allowing 60 points from Northwestern in their last outing, the defensive effort will be on point. There is a big gap in talent and momentum going the Wolverines’ way. I would be surprised if they don’t end up winning this game by more than 15 points. What’s the play? Michigan.
Money line: -110
Game total: 136.5
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
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