Michigan Wolverines vs. Villanova Wildcats CBB Championship Pick - Odds and Predictions

April 2, 9:20 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Villanova -6.5

The National Championship Game is finally here. The Villanova Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines will meet in San Antonio, TX on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 9:25 PM ET. The game for all the marbles will be aired for national audiences on TBS. The two teams met once in 2014 where Villanova edged out the Maize and Blue by a score of 60-55.

Michigan comes in off a dominant win against this tournament’s Cinderella team, Loyola-Chicago. Previous to this, the Wolverines laid waste to every opponent they have virtually come across. The same can be said for the Wildcats. For Villanova, the Wildcats dominated the Kansas Jayhawks in their Final Four contest. The final was 95-79, and the result in itself is bound to sound ripples across the betting word given the quality of the opponent in question.

Straight Up and Against the Point Spread Records

Michigan Wolverines, 33-7 SU, 25-12 ATS
Villanova Wildcats, 35-4 SU, 23-12 ATS

Villanova at Michigan Key Betting Trends

  • Villanova is 8-1 ATS in their last eight games.
  • Michigan is 7-2-1 ATS in their previous ten matches.
  • Michigan has won their last fourteen contests.
  • Villanova is 10-1 SU in their last ten games.

Public Money Consensus

Out of the chute, we have seen a lean by the consensus on the Wildcats. As a result, the market has risen by a point to indicate the action on the Nova. 67% of the consensus also like the Wildcats here in public forums. In Over/Under markets, the figure has diminished 2.5 points to indicate action on the Under. Presently, a +120 price tag accompanies all those that wish to book the Over. On the Money Line, the Wolverines are a +255 underdog while the Wildcats are priced as a -310 favorite.

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Michigan Wolverines vs. Villanova Wildcats Prediction 04/02/2018

Targeting overreactions is what we champion. Villanova's dominant performance against Kansas combined with their overall ranking in this tournament makes the Wildcats a popular choice in this scenario. Moreover, Villanova was here just two years ago when they ended a long championship drought. For these reasons, the Wildcats will garner a lot of public enthusiasm. However, Michigan's defense gives them a chance to compete in every game they enter.

With this said, many are booking the Under by the fact the expectation is that defenses will determine the finality of this championship game. However, Michigan knows what kind of firepower Villanova's offense features and they will need to score points to keep this game close. Michigan has the personnel to make it rain from three-point land. Expect the Wolverines to, and in doing so, we will go ahead and take the Over here with an excellent price tag.

Free Pick: 
Take Michigan +6.5 and Over 144.5 (+120) (KF)
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