College Basketball Predictions: Long Beach State 49ers vs. Michigan Wolverines

Long Beach State 49ers vs. Michigan Wolverines
Thursday, 11/21/13, 5:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Michigan -14.5
Current Betting Line:  Michigan -16
Opening Total:  138
Current Total:  138.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Michigan Wolverines are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a loss
The Michigan Wolverines are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a loss

Long Beach State has dropped three games in a row, including a 71-58 setback to the Kansas State Wildcats as 13-point road underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The 49ers are being led by the play of senior forward Dan Jennings, who is averaging a double-double through four games, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions Thursday.  The program is taking one of its longest road trips in history—traveling a total of 7,156 miles.  Long Beach State is 3-13-1 ATS in its last 17 non-conference games.

The 49ers have played in a trio of three-game tournaments under head coach Dan Monson—compiling a 5-4 overall record in that situation.  Long Beach State is one of the country’s worst three-point shooting teams early on during the 2013 campaign, which will make it hard for it to snap a six-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

Michigan will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season, as it suffered a 77-70 setback to the Iowa State Cyclones as one-point road underdogs Sunday, while pushing up against the betting total.  The Wolverines have four players scoring in double figures, with sophomore guard Nik Stauskas leading the way, averaging 17.3 points per game.  The squad welcomed back preseason All-America forward Mitch McGary last time out, as he had nine points and six rebounds in 22 minutes of action.  Michigan is 13-5 SU and 12-6 ATS on a neutral floor the last two-plus seasons.

The Wolverines are one of the youngest teams in the nation for the second straight season—currently rated as the 11th youngest program.  Michigan’s eight losses during the 2012-13 campaign were its fewest for the program in 15 years, with six of the eight setbacks coming at the hands of nationally ranked opponents.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wolverines due to their 20-8 ATS mark following a SU loss in their last 28 opportunities.

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