NCAAM Tournament 2021 – #5 Colorado Buffaloes (23-8) vs #4 Florida State Seminoles (17-6)
Round Two - Five and Four Seeds Mix It Up
This LSU vs Michigan pick notes that the Tigers are the underdog. This 2021 NCAAM Tournament East Region Round Two game has the LSU Tigers at +5.0 (-110). The favored Michigan Wolverines are at -5.0 (-110). In the first round, LSU beat the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 76-61. The Tigers are 4-1 for their last five games. The Michigan Wolverines, who’ve won three of their last five games and played inconsistently in the final weeks of the regular season, took down the #16 Texas Southern Tigers 82-66 in Round One of March Madness.
The Tigers and Wolverines will meet on Monday, March 22 at 7:10 pm ET. The game will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Along with this pick, make sure you check out all of our March Madness predictions, as we’ve got every game covered including Colorado vs Florida State.
LSU vs Michigan Pick – Stats
Who’s got the statistical edge in this game? It is split to a degree. However, we’re going to come down on the side of Michigan. The Wolverines are better shooters, coming in at 48.3 FG%, 38.7 3PT%, and 77.7 FT%. In those same categories, LSU is 46.3 FG%, 35.0% 3PT%, and 74.6 FT%. They also lead in blocks, 4.3 to 2.8 PG, and assists, 15.5 to 12.3 PG. However, LSU is better on steals, 8.1 to 4.4. The Tigers are scoring 82.1 PPG and grabbing 38.3 RPG. Michigan is averaging 76.3 PPG and 37.5 RPG.
For the Tigers, guard Cameron Thomas is recording a team best 22.8 PPG, while Javonte Smart, also in the backcourt, is dishing off 3.9 APG while scoring 15.6 PPG and taking down 3.5 RPG. Around the basket, forwards Trendon Watford and Darius Days provide solid shooting and defense. Watford is averaging 16.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 3.0 SPG. Days, who’s shooting 53.4% from the field, is good for 11.8 PPG and 8.0 RPG.
The two primary point makers for the Wolverines are center Hunter Dickinson and forward Isaiah Livers. Dickinson is hitting for 14.3 PPG and Livers for 13.1. Rebounds come in at 7.4 and 6.0 respectively. In the backcourt, Mike Smith is averaging 5.4 RPG and 9.4 PPG. Franz Wagner offers 12.7 PPG and 6.3 RPG. He’s also making 3.0 APG. Additionally, Wagner is good on 49.1% of his field goals and 37.8% of his threes.
LSU vs Michigan Pick – Final Thoughts
Our LSU vs Michigan pick finds that this game is a tossup. A few things are certain, Michigan does have an edge in shooting and LSU in rebounding and points scored. LSU is also surehanded when it comes to ballhandling and causing turnovers. Were going to go with the LSU Tigers at +5.0 (-110).
#8 LSU Tigers vs #1 Michigan Wolverines
LSU Tigers at +5.0 (-110)