The Michigan basketball team has been burning up the nets like they were a Jonas Brothers song lately. The Wolverines have made it to the Sweet 16 as a #7 seed and oddsmakers are banking on the run continuing as they've made UM -1 point favorites over #3 Oregon.
The easy bet seems to be taking Michigan to continue their miracle run, but if that's the case could the line be a trap? After all, money has to be pouring into the books on the Wolverines yet the line hasn't budged from Michigan -1. Do the Ducks have what it takes to make their own case for a flying V, as in victory?
Note to teams for next year, if you want to get ready for the college hoops postseason just have your plane skid off the runway on a 'rejected takeoff' and nearly miss a dangerous ravine. That's what happens to Michigan right as they were taking off for the Big Ten Tournament in Washington D.C and since then they've conjured up images of the Fab Five. Michigan rolled through the Big Ten Tourney (beating fellow Sweet 16 teams Purdue and Wisconsin) and knocked off Oklahoma and Louisville to open up the NCAAs.
Pardon the expression but Oregon has to feel like a sitting duck right now don't they? Well, not exactly. Granted Oregon might have struggled a bit with Rhode Island in the 2nd round but they are 31-5 on the season. The Ducks have lost only 2 of their last 14 games, both to Arizona.
The total has been listed at 146.5 for this matchup. The numbers are trending towards a relatively higher scoring game especially because the total has gone over in four straight Oregon games and has gone over or pushed in the last 5 Michigan games. That being said, this total is inflated to reflect that trend and with a spread of only a point, the side is the bet to make.
So the big question remains, “Is Michigan a team of destiny...or is it about Midnight for Cinderella?” Let's not forget Michigan had to win 4 games in 4 days to conquer the Big Ten Tournament and got out of the first two rounds of 64 and 32 by a combined 5 points. Public perception is driving this line when in fact, Oregon should probably be a 3 or 4 point favorite. It's hard to bet against momentum – unless you're wagering on skill. Take Oregon.