This is the only chalk match in the Sweet 16.
The Michigan No.1 will face Florida State’s No.4 in the Eastern Region semifinals on Sunday in the highest ranked game of the third round. The tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The game will be televised on CBS.
Michigan (22-4) is the only Big Ten team to stay on the field. The Wolverines have adjusted without Isaiah Livers, who suffered a late-season stress fracture in his right foot during the Big Ten tournament. Second-year coach Juwan Howard will look to lead Michigan to the fourth Elite Eight appearance since 2013.
Florida State (18-6) is one of two remaining ACC teams in the tournament. The Seminoles are in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time under Leonard Hamilton, and they will try to avenge a 2018 loss to Michigan in the Elite Eight.
Here’s everything you need to know about betting Michigan vs Florida State in the 2021 NCAA tournament, including updated odds, trends and our predictions for the Sweet 16 game.
Michigan vs Florida State Odds
- Spread: Michigan –2.5
- More under: 143.5
- Moneyline: Michigan –146, Florida State +124
Three betting trends to watch out for
– Michigan is 18-8 ATS which is the second-best record among teams remaining in the tournament behind Oregon State. The Beavers are 21-9-1 ATS.
– The Wolverines are 6-1 ATS when favored by five points or less. The only loss was to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament on March 13 – the first game after Livers’ season-ending injury.
– Florida State is 12-10-2 CEP, and this is their third game as an underdog. The Seminoles are 1-1 in that situation this season. Hamilton is 1-3 S / U in the Sweet 16 for his career.
Michigan key players
Freshman Hunter Dickinson leads Michigan with 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. The 7-1 center was SN’s second All-American team. Frantz Wagner averages 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. These two have to stay out of trouble with the Seminoles. Eli Brooks has been a hot shooter in the tournament. Point guard Mike Smith controls the offense. Brandon Johns Jr. and Chaundee Brown filled the void left by Livers.
Key players in the State of Florida
All five of Florida State’s starters are at least 6 feet 5 inches tall. MJ Walker is the top scorer with 12.3 points per game, but guards Anthony Polite (10.2 points per game) and Scottie Barnes (10.4) can also score. Raiquan Gray, a 6-8 forward, could be a game-changer for the Wolverines. Florida State also has a 7-1 center in sophomore Balsa Koprivica, averaging 9.2 points per game. and 5.7 rpg.
Best Individual Match: Dickinson v Koprivica
Dickinson was a doubles team for most of the first two rounds, but Florida State can tie it 1 to 1 with another 7-footer. Koprivica struggled with foul issues the first weekend, so it’s a game both teams are going to aim for early on. Dickinson had nine turnovers in the first two rounds and is susceptible to offensive fouls. Look for both teams to test this match in the first half. Neither team can afford to be without their great man for long stretches, especially in the second half.
State of Michigan and the State of Florida namely
Michigan beat Florida State 58-54 in a gruesome Elite Eight clash in 2018. It’s not the game either side want to play. Michigan is 4-4 when it scores 70 points or less, and Florida State is 3-3 in the same situation. If this game is played at this rate, it becomes a real draw like this last tournament game.
Get to know … Anthony Polite
Wagner will be in the headlines for Michigan, but Polite is another European-born player who could make a difference in this game. Polite grew up in Switzerland while his father Michael – who played for Florida State from 1988 to 1991 – played professional ball. Anthony hit a season-high four points in the second-round game against Colorado. He’s a 44% shooter behind the bow.
Michigan vs Florida prediction
Which top leader is involved? Walker took just nine shots and scored 11 points in the first two rounds for Florida State. Brooks, who suffered an ankle injury before the Big Ten tournament, hit 8 of 15 for 3 points in the first two rounds. Brooks and Smith face a challenge against Florida State Length. The Seminoles lead at halftime, but Michigan is a little more effective on the attacking side in the second half. Dickinson takes advantage of this early, and the power of the Wolverines for another appearance in Elite Eight.
Final score: Michigan 75, Florida State 71