Michigan’s Sweet 16 Odds & How They Are Winning

March 28th, 2021 in Wolverines By Dan Holmes

In 1897, American author and humorist Mark Twain received a letter from a journalist working for the New York Journal, asking him about his health. There had been reports that Twain was ill, or possibly even deceased. Twain replied with a letter of his own, in which he wrote: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

That quote has been butchered over the years, but it’s often appropriate, and it applies to the fate of the Michigan basketball team. In the aftermath of losing three of their final five regular season games and then being bounced from the Big Ten tournament by Ohio State, the Wolverines were written off by many. Then, they lost star forward Isaiah Rivers to injury, and their obituary was written…in pen.


But, after the Wolverines dispatched Louisiana State University on Monday, they remain very much alive, thank you very much. The #1 seed will continue NCAA Tournament play this weekend for a chance to advance to the Elite Eight, and possibly to their second Final Four in the last four tournaments.

Why Michigan is Still Winning

There are three reasons the Wolverines are still standing after the first (long) weekend of the tournament:

  1. Depth: U of M has never been a one-man team. Livers had a great season, but in the system constructed by coach Dwight Howard, other players can step up to fill the scoring role as needed. Against LSU, senior guard Chaundee Brown Jr., was aggressive in his role as a penetrator into the paint. The team captain scored 21 points, a season high.
  2. Interior Defense: the Wolverines allowed only 65.4 points this season, a figure that ranked second in the Big Ten. They are especially hard-nosed near the basket, with center Hunter Dickinson, forward Brandon Johns Jr., and even lanky guard Franz Wagner, who agitates opponents with his long-limbed defense inside.
  3. Confidence: what happens when you win the first 11 games of the season, and then run off seven in a row later in the year? You gain confidence. Add in the recent success (four straight trips to Sweet 16 from 2016 to now), and the fellas from Ann Arbor are playing with swagger. Even after losing their best offensive weapon, the Wolverines have a NCAA Tournament #1 seed feel about them.

Michigan Sports Betting Odds for  Michigan in the Sweet 16

The Wolverines will square off against Florida State in the Sweet 16 on Sunday and you can bet on it since Michigan legalized sports betting. The Wolverines and Seminoles have long traditions as great football schools, but in recent years they’ve put excellent teams on the hardwood. Back in 2018, Michigan defeated Florida State 58-54 in the Elite Eight to advance to the Final Four.

Here is a curated list of odds at Michigan gambling apps

Golden Nugget:

  • SPREAD: Michigan -3, -105
  • MONEY LINE: Michigan -155
  • TOTAL: Michigan Under 144.5, -115


  • SPREAD: Michigan -3, -106
  • MONEY LINE: Michigan -162
  • TOTAL: Michigan Under 144, -110


  • SPREAD: Michigan -3, -110
  • MONEY LINE: Michigan -170
  • TOTAL: Michigan Under 144.5, -110


  • SPREAD: Michigan -3, -110
  • MONEY LINE: Michigan -155
  • TOTAL: Michigan Under 144.5, -112


  • SPREAD: Michigan -3, -110
  • MONEY LINE: Michigan -160
  • TOTAL: Michigan Under 143.5, -110

Futures Bets on Michigan to Win the NCAA Tournament


BetMGM has Michigan at +900 to win the 2021 NCAA Tourney.