The Michigan Wolverines (2-0) will be at home in Crisler Center when they challenge the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1-0). Michigan opened as a 22-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 136.5 points. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and it can be seen on BTN2Go.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Michigan Wolverines Odds Preview
In the Golden Eagles last contest, they defeated the Southern-New Orleans Knights, 79-69. Tyree Griffin was the games high scorer with 21 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Southern Miss dominated every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.566 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0. For those same stats, Southern-New Orleans was 0.185 and 21.7, respectively.
The Wolverines hope to keep it rolling after defeating the Central Michigan Chippewas in their last outing, 72-65. Moritz Wagner played well for Michigan, putting up 10 points and 11 rebounds. Michigans turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Central Michigan. The Wolverines had a rate of 8.5, while the Chippewas posted a mark of 19.9.
Michigan could put on a ball-control clinic in this contest. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, Michigan ranks second in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 14.2 percent), while Southern Miss has forced the 76th-fewest turnovers (17.4 percent). Also, the Golden Eagles rank 265th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.226), while the Wolverines rank 19th in opponents FTA rate (0.188).
Since last season, the Golden Eagles are 10-22 straight up (SU) and 14-12-1 against the spread (ATS). Games involving Southern Miss have had a slight tendency to finish under the projected point total since last season (51.9 percent).
Meanwhile, the Wolverines, have records of 26-11 SU and 17-19 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total low when Michigan has been involved over that same period as 63.9 percent of their games have finished over the O/U total.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Michigan Wolverines Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Michigan, ATS Winner – Michigan, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Wolverines rank 25th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Golden Eagles rank 213th (3.9).
- Michigan ranks fourth in steals allowed per game (4.2) while Southern Miss ranks 125th (6.0).
- Michigan ranks fifth in three pointers allowed per game (15.8) while Southern Miss ranks 293rd (25.0).
- The Wolverines rank 52nd in assists allowed per game (11.6) while the Golden Eagles rank 270th (14.9).
- Michigan ranks 30th in rebounds allowed per game (31.9) while Southern Miss ranks 226th (36.7).