Michigan vs. Texas Southern Betting Odds: Spread, Analysis For 2021 NCAA Tournament First Round
Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Michigan center Hunter Dickinson
Michigan vs. Texas Southern Odds
|Texas Southern Odds||+27|
|Moneyline||-10000 / +1600|
|Time||Saturday, 3 p.m. ET|
|Odds as of Thursday evening and via DraftKings|
How Michigan & Texas Southern Match Up
|All stats via KenPom.|
What To Know About Michigan
Alongside the likes of Gonzaga and Baylor, the Michigan Wolverines enter the NCAA Tournament as one of the favorites to win it all.
Michigan ranks fifth in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, according to KenPom, and can score however it wants to on offense. Big man Hunter Dickinson leads the Wolverines at 14.3 points per game while shooting nearly 60% from the field, and Juwan Howard’s team also ranks in the top-20 nationally in 3-point percentage.
Bettors will love that the Wolverines are 17-6 against the spread this season. They may have to make do without senior Isaiah Livers, but they have enough depth to ensure that’s not a devastating loss.
A bigger concern against the elite teams in the country would be if Dickinson gets in foul trouble, which would hurt their interior defense and change the complexion of their offense. They have the depth and talent to beat any team, even on an off-night, and are clearly a threat to win the title. And don’t forget about the uber-efficient and not talked about enough Franz Wagner, who is so critical on both ends of the floor for the Wolverines. — Matt Trebby
What To Know About Texas Southern
Michael Weathers leads a group of experienced transfers for a TSU team that took out Prairie View A&M in the SWAC final. Whenever the Tigers have a chance, they want to get out in transition (which they do at a top-20 rate nationally). And that’s a good idea because their half-court offense is beyond hideous.
They are one of the least-reliant 3P teams (and worst shooting) in the country and have turnover issues. Their most efficient means of scoring in the half-court is on the offensive glass.
At the end of the day, it’s a 16-seed SWAC team. Not much to see here. — Stuckey