College basketball heavyweights take center stage on Thursday at 9:39 p.m. ET when 3-seed Texas Tech battles 2-seed Michigan in the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Both teams have
looked extremely comfortable so far in March Madness. The Wolverines won their first two games in the 2019 NCAA bracket by 19 and 15 points, while the Red Raiders won by 15 and 20. It’s as much excitement as you could ask for in the 2019 Sweet 16 and oddsmakers are expecting a tight one, with the Wolverines favored by 1.5 in the latest Michigan vs. Texas Tech odds, down a half-point from the opener. The over-under, or how many points Vegas thinks will be scored, sits at 125, down 1.5 from the opening line. With so much at stake between two teams that are so evenly matched, you’ll want to see what SportsLine expert Matt Norlander has to say before locking in your Michigan vs. Texas Tech picks.
Norlander is a national award-winning writer for CBS Sports who has covered college basketball since 2007. From insightful features to weekly game analysis, Norlander covers the sport from every angle. He also co-hosts the popular CBS Sports College Basketball Podcast.
No. 3 seed Texas Tech looks to advance to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year under Chris Beard. To do so, it will have to get by No. 2 seed Michigan. Jarrett Culver has led the way for the Red Raiders in the NCAA Tournament. He is one of two players (Ja Morant) in the tournament to average over 20 points (22.5) and six assists in the tournament. He is doing way more than just putting up points and finding open teammates, he is also averaging nine rebounds, two blocks and 1.5 steals through the first two games.
Michigan is ranked second in the country in scoring defense, allowing only 58.2 points per game. This has carried into the tournament, where the Wolverines have held Montana to 55 points, and more recently, Florida to 49 points. Michigan gets it scoring from a variety of players: six players average at least eight points per game, with no one averaging more than 15 points per game.
Michigan tackles Texas Tech on Thursday night in a Sweet 16 game of the NCAA Tournament. Follow the action throughout the game with live updates by Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News.