Oregon vs. Michigan Prediction Roundtable – What’s Going To Happen

    Oregon vs. Michigan prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between the Ducks and Wolverines in their Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday evening.

    March 22, 2017

    Oregon vs. Michigan prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between the Ducks and Wolverines in their Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday evening.

    Jeff Bartl

    Oregon’s struggles against Rhode Island make me want to pick Michigan, which I’ve seen play many more times and is on a roll. The Wolverines are getting the Team of Destiny treatment, having been on a run since their plane went off the runway, and it’s justified. But I’m not ready to pick against Dillon Brooks just yet. Michigan will give Oregon a fight and this should go down to the wire, but I’m going with the Ducks to get hot from 3-point range and advance to the Elite Eight.

    Robert Judin

    Most of that game versus Rhode Island was ugly, but that says a lot about the Ducks. Great teams find a way to win — even when the shots aren’t falling early on. Michigan can’t expect Dillon Brooks to go 7-of-20 from the floor again. It has to get a hand in his face and contest every shot out of his hands. The same goes for Tyler Dorsey. Brooks and Dorsey can create their own looks with ease, so the Wolverines will have to go over the majority of the screens and hedge Oregon’s screens. Then, at the other end, Michigan has to find ways to get the ball in Moritz Wagner’s hands and let Derrick Walton Jr. make plays from the top of the key.

    If the Ducks can keep Wagner out of the paint, that will be a great start. They also have to force Walton into some contested threes and try to get some long rebounds to create transition opportunities. Share the basketball, keep great spacing, find the open man and figure out ways to get Dorsey and Brooks some open looks. I think Oregon will do just that and end Michigan’s magical run.

    Dave Miller

    The Wolverines boast impressive wins over Oklahoma State and Louisville en route to the Sweet 16. Can John Beilein and Co. keep up their impressive streak following a Big Ten Tournament title? Dana Altman’s Ducks are a talented bunch with playmakers such as guard Tyler Dorsey and forward Dillon Brooks capable of taking over games. Can Wolverines big man Moritz Wagner be as efficient from the floor as he was when he went off against Louisville, connecting on 11-of-14 from the field for 26 points? Michigan fans know what they’re going to get from star veteran guard Derrick Walton Jr., but the Ducks just may have too much firepower. Dorsey has scored at least 21 points in each of the past five games, and he isn’t about to cool off anytime soon. In another shootout, the Wolverines ultimately fall short as Altman and Co. advance to the Elite Eight.

    Kurt Schwerman

    Oregon looked pretty shaky against Rhode Island on Sunday, while Michigan looked as confident against Louisville as we’ve seen them all season. Dillon Brooks is always a factor, but if the Wolverines can keep him in check, I smell another victory for them. Michigan can shoot the lights out when they’re on their game, and they have been since the beginning of the Big Ten Tournament. Add in that they’ve got 6-foot-11 Moritz Wagner (26 points against Louisville) who can not only be a factor in the paint, but also from behind the arc, and there can be some favorable matchups for the Wolverines in this one. They advance to the Elite Eight.

    Brian Stultz

    If Michigan wins the entire thing, there’s definitely going to be a movie made around it. It’ll focus on how the team bonded after their plane to the Big Ten Tournament aborted takeoff and crashed in a field. And you know there’s going to be a moment before the first Big Ten Tournament game where John Beilein tells his players that, “this is the opportunity you deserve after facing death.” Then there will be a slow clap and a montage of them running through the conference tournament and first couple of rounds of the NCAA Tournament set to music by, I don’t know, Europe or Survivor or The Rolling Stones. And just for dramatic effect, one player will start getting cold sweats at night reliving the plane takeoff and can’t sleep, but then goes onto make the winning basket in the title game as his teammates surround him and Beilein comes up and grabs him and says, “I think you are now ready to soar” as they hug each other and “The Victors” is played over the credits.

    Oregon wins, though. No movie for you, Wolverines.

    MORE: Complete NCAA Tournament Bracket, Predictions, Analysis


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