Michigan Vs. UCLA, options, predictions for the March Madness Elite Eight game
A classic Big Ten-Pac-12 match will decide a Final Four.
Michigan No. 1 will face UCLA No. 11 in the Eastern Region last Tuesday at 9:57 p.m., scheduled at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game will be broadcast on television.
Michigan (23-4) is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2018 under the orders of second-year coach Juwan Howard. The Wolverines continue to thrive despite losing to striker Isaiah Livers, and their selfless demeanor stood out in their 76-58 victory over Florida’s 4th State Sweet 16. Michigan equalized one season with 19 assists against the Seminoles.
UCLA (21-9) is back in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008 with second-year coach Mick Cronin. The Bruins can hardly make it to the race from the First Four to the Final Four 88-78 victory over Alabama Sweet 16an.
The Wolverines and Bruins have met four times in the NCAA Championship, and UCLA is 3-1 in those matches.
Here’s everything you need to know about betting on Michigan and UCLA at the 2021 NCAA Championships, including updated testing, trends, and an announcement about the Elite Eight game.
Michigan Vs. UCLA betting odds
- Scatter: Michigan -7.5
- Over under: 137
- Money: Michigan -330, UCLA +270
Three betting trends to watch out for
– Michigan is 19-8 against expansion, which is the second-best record among teams behind Oregon State in the tournament (Beavers are 22-9-1).
– Wolverines have a 7-1 lead this season with five points or less and are 2-2 up against the Pac-12 team in the championship since 1985.
– UCLA is 5-3 against the expansion as minors, but they are 4-4 in that situation.
Major players in Michigan
Freshman Hunter Dickinson is the leader in Michigan, scoring 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The 7-1 center is skilled at even passing through double teams. Franz Wagner is a 6-9 winger and has averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in victories in Michigan’s last two tournaments. Guardians Eli Brooks and Mike Smith make up the veteran backcourt, and Brooks has been a hot shooter throughout the tournament. Brandon Johns Jr., Chaundee Brown and Austin Davis are excellent roles that have been strengthened by Livers ’lack.
UCLA’s top players
Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez have been dynamic scorers throughout the Bruins tournament, averaging 21 and 16.8 points per game, respectively. Tyger Campbell, Jules Bernard and Cody Riley are part of the starting five balanced. Campbell scored 13 points and distributed five assists in the win over Alabama. The David Singleton reserve scored 15 points and is a valuable subplot for the Bruins.
Best Individual Match: Juzang Vs. Wagner
UCLA’s four-guard lineup is a challenge for the Wolverines, and Wagner could be on top of Jacques in certain sets. Wagner, however, is an excellent defensive player on the perimeter. UCLA could do it against Juzang, as his basketball skills will be tested by Wagner. Brown could get more minutes in Michigan as a result of UCLA’s deep perimeter.
Michigan Vs. Find out about UCLA statistics
UCLA is 9-1 when it forces opponents to 13 turnovers or more, but Michigan has an experienced tandem guard in Smith and Brooks. Wolverines has had more than 13 turnovers in eight games, including 7-1. The Bruins can still afford it if they are slender with Michigan basketball.
Meet … Brandon Johns Jr.
Liver’s absence is well documented, but Johns continues to offer valuable minutes to Wolverines as the next man. Johns averaged 9.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in four outings, also appearing as an additional player in the Michigan attack. Look for Johns to take part in the high-post post game to test UCLA’s internal defense.
Michigan Vs. UCLA forecast
UCLA should have a hot spot of 3 points early in this game. Michigan shot 35.5 percent from that distance in the tournament, but Wolverines made up for that by averaging 20 assists per game in the tournament. Michigan shares the ball well, and will be able to continually break UCLA’s defense in the second half. Dickinson also has an advantage in that post, and Wolverines will feed that. Howard starred in an 86-84 thriller between the teams in 1993. Michigan won the game, and they will win too.
Final result: Michigan 80, UCLA 72