Michigan is in the Sweet 16 for the f Bard College Raptors clothesifth consecutive tournament, even if this was a roller-coaster run under third-year coach Juwan Howard. The Wolverines upset Tennessee 76-68 in the second round, and Hunter Dickinson and Eli Brooks were starters on last year's Elite Eight team. BENDER: Michigan p

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No. 2 Villanova meets No. 11 Michigan  in the Sweet 16 round of the 2022 men's basketball tournament Thursday.

The game is at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET, and the game will be tele Alcorn State Braves Jerseys vised on TBS. 

Villanova (28-7) won its first two tournament games by an average of 15 points. Longtime coach Jay Wright is looking for a fourth Final Four appearance, and SN third-team All-American Collin Gillespie is the leader of another national championship-caliber team. 

Michigan (19-14) is in the Sweet 16 for the fifth consecutive tournament, even if this was a roller-coaster run under third-year coach Juwan Howard. The Wolverines upset Tennessee 76-68 in the second round, and Hunter Dickinson and Eli Brooks were starters on last year's Elite Eight team. 

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This is a rematch of the 2018 national championship game, which the Wildcats won 79-62. 

Here's everything to know about betting on Villanova vs. Michigan  in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the second-round game.  

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Villanova vs. Michigan odds    

This line opened at -5, but it's tick College Football Playoff Jerseys ed up a half-point in favor of the Wildcats. The over/under went down a half-point from the open, according to odds at Sports Interaction. 

Three betting trends to watch 

— Villanova is 6-1 S/U and 6-1 ATS in games where it is favored by five points or less. The Wildcats covered the same spread in a 71-61 victory against No. 7 Ohio State in the second round. 

— The Wolverines are 6-2 S/U and 5-3 ATS as an underdog when the spread is 10 points or less. 

— Michigan's last eight games have hit the over. Four of Villanova's last five games have hit the under. 

Villanova key players  

The Wildcats' top s Franklin & Marshall Diplomats Je Notre Dame vs. USC Rivalry Shirts rseys ix players are upperclassmen. Gillespie played 16 minutes in the championship game against Michigan in 2018. He leads Villanova with 16 ppg and 3.4 assists. Junior guard Justin Moore (15.0 ppg.) and Jermaine Samuels (10.7 ppg.) and Brandon Slater (8.7 ppg.) are solid scorers, and Eric Dixon (9.3 ppg.) is the leading rebounder Texas vs. Oklahoma Rivalry Gear . Caleb Daniels (10.3 ppg.) completes the primary six-man rotation. 

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Michigan key players  

Michigan center Hunter Dickinson is a 7-1 force in the paint. He averages 18.7 points and 8.4 rebounds, but he's also an outstanding passer with 2.3 assists. The Wolverines' offense runs through him. Senior guard Eli Brooks (12.8 ppg) can play the point or shooting guard, and that might depend on the health of starting point guard DeVante Jones (10.4 ppg), who suffered a concussion on March 14. Jones tried to play in the second round against Tennessee but exited early. Five-star freshman Caleb Houstan (10.2 ppg.) and Moussa Diabate (9.1 ppg.) have had ups-and-downs. It's still a talented group clicking at the right time. 

Best individual matchup: Collin Gillespie vs. Eli Brooks 

A pair of fifth-year players get the spotlight in this game. Brooks played three minutes in that national championship loss. Even if Jones does return, Brooks handles the ball and is a significant tone-setter for the Michigan offense. Gillespie and Brooks are veteran guards who both played high school ball in Pennsylvania. In crunch time, they will be the ones taking the clutch shot if it comes to that. Both also are outstanding free-throw shooters. Gillespie is at 90.2% this season. Brooks is at 88.6%. They will be on the line if it's tight late.

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Michigan averaged 14.5 turnovers in the first two rounds against Colorado State and Tennessee. The Wolverines cannot play that loose on offense against Villanova, which averages just 10 turnovers per game. Villanova is 7-1 when their opponents commit 10 turnovers per more, and the only loss Marquette was on Feb. 2. The Golden Eagles hit 10 three-pointers in that game. 

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Jones' health will be a topic of conversation through the week, and if he can go that would be huge for Michigan's offense. He had 30 assists and just 14 turnovers in his last five games before the injury. Jones and Brooks are both going to be needed in a game against Villanova's guard-oriented attack. Frankie Collins played well in Jones' place in the first weekend of the tournament. 

Villanova vs. Michigan prediction  

Look for Villanova to use Dixon to pull Dickinson out on the perimeter early to try to get him in foul trouble. On the flip side, Dickinson can shoot outside but needs to be a force on the interior. Michigan is going to want to push the tempo, but Villanova will stick with its methodical approach. The Wildcats will be more successful off the dribble, and unless Michigan hits 10 or more threes, that will add up in the second half. The Wildcats advance to the Elite Eight. 

Final score: Vi Notre Dame vs. USC Rivalry Jerseys llanova 71, Michigan 64

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