No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State preview: Game time, broadcast, betting line, prediction
The Michigan Wolverines (24-11) are the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on the No. 10 seed Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-12). The game will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 12:15 p.m. on Friday.
Preview: Michigan finished fifth in the Big Ten, but punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Big Ten Tournament with a win over Wisconsin in the final. The Wolverines are led by guard Derrick Walton Jr., who averages 15.0 points per game and 4.6 assists per game.
Oklahoma State placed fifth in the Big 12, and earned an at-large bid with only one win over a top 25 team: West Virginia. The Cowboys are led by Jawun Evans, who averages 19 points per game.
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 12:15 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: CBS
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson
Opening Betting Line: Michigan -3, via OddsShark
Michigan has appeared in the tournament 26 times, and the Wolverines have made seven Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 52-25, and won a national championship in 1989.
Oklahoma State has made 27 tournament appearances, and the Cowboys have made six Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 38-26, and won national championships in 1945 and 1946.
Prediction: Michigan feels like a team of destiny this year, and I'm not betting against it. The Wolverines' run in the Big Ten tournament was something else, and it seemed like a precursor to a deep tournament run. They will take down Oklahoma State and advance to the second round.
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