The Michigan Wolverines (5-1) will be at home in Crisler Center when they meet the UC Riverside Highlanders (2-2). Michigan is a 19.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 135.5 points. Action starts at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
UC Riverside Highlanders at Michigan Wolverines ATS Preview
In the Highlanders last outing, they had no trouble getting past the Western New Mexico Mustangs, 75-57. With 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, Chance Murray played well for UC Riverside. The Highlanders had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.462 vs. 0.325) and had a much better turnover percentage (17.6 vs. 23.9).
The Wolverines hope to keep it rolling after topping the VCU Rams in their last outing, 68-60. Michigan received a boost from Duncan Robinson, who was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Michigan played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.245 (above their season average of 0.191) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.519 (below their season average of 0.580). VCU was 0.125 and 0.473, respectively, for those same stats.
Michigan appears to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. Since the 2016-17 season, the Wolverines rank seventh in offensive efficiency, while the Highlanders rank 122nd in defensive efficiency. Additionally, the Highlanders rank 278th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.220), while the Wolverines rank 18th in opponents FTA rate (0.186).
The Highlanders have had records of 9-23 straight up (SU) and 10-18 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Games involving UC Riverside have finished under the projected point total 57.1 percent of the time since last season.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines, have records of 29-12 SU and 19-21 ATS since last season. Games including Michigan have had a tendency to finish over the O/U total over that same period (62.5 percent).
UC Riverside Highlanders at Michigan Wolverines Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Michigan, ATS Winner – UC Riverside, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Wolverines rank third in steals allowed per game (4.3) while the Highlanders rank 101st (5.8).
- Michigan ranks 15th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while UC Riverside ranks 92nd (3.1).
- Michigan ranks third in three pointers allowed per game (15.8) while UC Riverside ranks 243rd (22.8).
- The Wolverines rank 27th in rebounds allowed per game (31.8) while the Highlanders rank 254th (37.4).
- Michigan ranks 34th in assists allowed per game (11.3) while UC Riverside ranks 204th (13.8).