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Michigan Wolverines vs. Kansas Jayhawks – Sweet Sixteen

When: 7:35pm ET. Friday, March 29th 2013
Where: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas

The #4 Michigan Wolverines 28-7 (12-6 Big Ten) are a hot pick this week to knock-off the #1 Kansas Jayhawks 31-5 (14-4 Big 12). It should be a very close game due to both teams matching up well, but the Jayhawks have some key advantages in this game.

Latest Wolverines vs. Jayhawks Odds

Action on the spread has been very even so far, almost 50/50 at most major books. Currently at 136, the over/under has dropped 1/2 point since it opened. Bovada hasn’t posted their money line yet, but JustBet has.

Below are the Michigan vs. Kansas betting lines based on the time I’m writing this article. For the latest odds, click on the JustBet or Bovada links below.

Who the Spartans & Jayhawks Beat to Get to the S16

Michigan shot over 50% in their opening two games of the 2013 March Madness tournament. The Wolverines made quick work of South Dakota State (71-56) and VCU (78-53). The Rams were expected to be a tougher test, but Michigan dominated them.

Kansas went through the motions in their 1st game that they won 64-57 against WKU. The Jayhawks started slowly against UNC as well and found themselves down by 9 pts after the 1H, but the offense started working efficiently and Kansas won 70-58.

Kansas vs. Michigan Betting Analysis

Michigan vs. Kansas - 2013 Sweet 16This year Michigan had an RPI rank of #21, but their SOS rank was just #47. Kansas had a tougher SOS rank (#19) and they also had one of the best RPI ranks in the nation (#5). Both teams have a lot of NBA talent on the basketball court.

I think the big advantage in this game is going to be the Jayhawks size down low in the paint. Once Kansas got Withey involved in the game against UNC in the 2H Kansas was able to takeover. Withey causes nightmare match-ups for everyone.

Michigan will be forced to double team the big man, but Withey has shown he can dump it off when pressured. Both teams are amongst the top scoring teams in the country with Michigan averaging 75.1 PPG and Kansas averaging 74.9 PPG.

Kansas has a considerable edge in rebounds (39.3 RPG vs. 35.1 RPG) and blocks (6.6 BPG vs. 2.8 BPG). Michigan has 17 offensive rebounds in the tournament thus far, but I expect the Jayhawks to limit the 2nd chance opportunities for Michigan.

I also like the big edge that Kansas has in defensive efficiency. Kansas ranks #8 in the country in defensive efficiency (0.874) and the Wolverines rank just #97 (0.953). Michigan has a small edge in offensive efficiency (1.135 vs. 1.069).

Players to Watch

Ben McLemore hasn’t been himself yet in the tournament and he needs to get things on track. Withey has been dominant in the paint and has already scored 33 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. However, Releford is the player to watch in this game.

Releford can change the momentum in a game, as he did against UNC. Releford had the game of his career, as he scored 22 pts and had 8 rebounds against UNC. Releford is a beast on the offensive glass and is excellent at drawing fouls under the hoop.

Trey Burke has been terrible in the opening two games for Michigan, but other players have picked up the slack. Burke is going to have to find his stroke and Tim Hardaway Jr. will have to continue playing well, but McGary is the big question.

McGary is going to have to keep Withey in check as much as possible. The Michigan big man has 34 points and 23 rebounds in his two games while playing big minutes. If McGary can’t keep Withey under wraps this is going to be a long game for Michigan.

Michigan vs. Kansas Predictions

Neither of these teams have a strong bench, so expect the starters to log big minutes. Kansas is the better team and if they can play like they did against the UNC in the 2nd half then they should be able to easily cover this small point spread.

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ScottThis article was written by Scott

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