Michigan at Colorado State - 3/17/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

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Colorado State Rams (25-5) vs Michigan Wolverines (17-14)

Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 12:15 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

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The Colorado State Rams will play the Michigan Wolverines in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

The Colorado State Rams are 25-5 (14-4) this season and have won four of their last five games. Colorado State is coming off of a loss to San Diego State by a score of 63-58 in the Semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament. Colorado State shot 47.8% from the field and was -8 in rebounding margin in the loss. David Roddy led the Rams with 22 points and 9 rebounds in the game. Colorado State is averaging 73.7 points per game and is giving up 65.7 points per game against, while also averaging 31.9 rebounds per game and 14.2 assists per game. David Roddy is averaging 19.4 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game, while Isaiah Stevens is averaging 14.9 points per game and 4.8 assists per game for the Rams. Colorado State is shooting 48.5% on field goals, 77.4% on free throws, and 35.8% on three pointers.

The Michigan Wolverines are 17-14 (11-9) this season and have alternated wins and losses in their last 10 games. Michigan lost to Indiana by a score of 74-69 in the Second Round of the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan shot 37.9% from the field and 90.5% on free throws in the loss. DeVante’ Jones led the Wolverines with 18 points and 4 rebounds in the game. Michigan is averaging 73 points per game and is giving up 69.9 points per game against, while also averaging 35.5 rebounds per game and 14.2 assists per game. Hunter Dickinson is averaging 18.3 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game, while Eli Brooks is averaging 12.3 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Wolverines. Michigan is shooting 46.8% on field goals, 74.6% on free throws, and 34% on three pointers.

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Michigan is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite and 47-20-3 ATS in their last 70 Thursday games. The over is 4-1 in Michigan’s last 5 games. Colorado State is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games and 28-10 ATS in their last 38 Thursday games. The under is 6-1 in Colorado State’s last 7 games.

Michigan backed their way into the tournament with some very inconsistent play to close out the season. Colorado State finished the season well and lost to a good San Diego State team in the MWC Tournament. It is tough to tell which Michigan team will show up, but I do like them to win this game. Dickinson will have to play well, but I am going with Michigan here.

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David’s Pick Michigan -1.5

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