Michigan, West Virginia Meet On Hardwood Saturday

By: Willie Bee | Thursday, December 13, 2012

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Michigan Wolverines
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12/15/2012 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Michigan -10½, O/U 127
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Television: ESPN

West Virginia Mountaineers: A poor start to the campaign is likely to continue for the Mountaineers (4-4 straight-up, 2-4-1 against the spread) when they take on a strong Michigan squad at the Brooklyn Winter Hoops Festival. Coach Bob Huggins' boys are coming off a 60-56 loss at Duquesne on Tuesday as 8-point favorites, and poor shooting was once again the culprit. West Virginia is connecting on just 39 percent of field-goal attempts and would be scoring even less if not for 17.5 offensive rebounds per game, third-most in the country. The Mountaineers have also really struggled from 3-point range, where they're shooting just 26.4 percent (326th), and they have left a lot of points at the charity stripe with a middling 68.6 percent mark on free throws. Though West Virginia has been a drain on bettors following the team vs. the line, anyone playing the "under" has come home the winner in six of the seven contests that included a total.

Michigan Wolverines: Finding the net has not been a problem at all for the Wolverines (10-0 SU, 6-3 ATS), who rank seventh nationally with a 50.7 percent field-goal success rate. Michigan is actually coming off its worst performance of the season with Tuesday's 67-39 victory over Binghamton. Coach John Beilein's troops shot a season-low 27-of-61 (44.3 percent) to fall short of the 37-point spread in what amounted to little more than a full-speed practice for the maize and blue. Michigan threw up 30 shots from beyond the arc, making 10, after entering the game averaging just 19 long-range tries on the season. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glen Robinson III are getting most of the press with their name recognition and combined 26.4 points and 12 boards per game, but it's Trey Burke (17.1 ppg, 6.9 assists per game) and Nik Stauskas (13.5 ppg, 27-of-46 from 3-point range) who are really driving this team. The "under" has cashed in the last three contests for the Wolverines after the "over" went 4-2 to begin the schedule.

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