The Texas Longhorns (6-2) will be at home in Frank Erwin Special Events Center when they challenge the Michigan Wolverines (8-3). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 127 points with Texas opening as a 6-point favorite. Action begins at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Michigan Wolverines at Texas Longhorns Betting Preview
In the Wolverines last game, they beat the UCLA Bruins, 78-69. Moritz Wagner led Michigan in scoring with 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting. The Wolverines forced 20 turnovers and held the Bruins to an effective field goal percentage of 0.474 (below their season average of 0.537).
The Longhorns hope to keep it rolling after beating the VCU Rams in their last contest, 71-67. Texas received a boost from Mohamed Bamba, who recorded 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Longhorns, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.515, had a solid mark of 0.578, while the Rams had a free throw rate of 0.200 (below the 0.230 mark opponents have averaged against Texas this season).
Half-court execution will be critical when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams face off. Texas ranks 265th in possessions per game (68.7) and Michigan is 325th (64.2) since the 2016-17 season.
Of Michigan’s 10 games with betting action, six have finished under the O/U total, while 2 of Texas 4 games have finished over the O/U total. Both teams have solid straight up (SU) records (8-3 for Michigan; 6-2 for Texas), but the Wolverines have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Michigan is 5-5 ATS, while the Longhorns are 1-3.
The Wolverines won the lone contest against the Longhorns last season, 53-50. The Wolverines played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.146 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.479. For those same stats, the Longhorns put up marks of 0.096 and 0.433, respectively.
Michigan Wolverines at Texas Longhorns Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Michigan, ATS Winner – Michigan, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Longhorns rank 33rd in blocks per game (4.8) while the Wolverines rank 116th (2.9).
- Texas ranks 170th in rebounds per game (35.2) while Michigan ranks 233rd (30.1).
- Michigan ranks 23rd in three pointers attempted per game (25.3) while Texas ranks 204th (19.4).
- The Wolverines rank 48th in assists per game (14.4) while the Longhorns rank 216th (11.7).
- Michigan ranks 44th in steals per game (6.2) while Texas ranks 142nd (6.0).