Sweet 16 Betting Preview: Florida State Seminoles Vs. Michigan Wolverines

  • The Florida State Seminoles are set to battle the Michigan Wolverines in the Sweet 16.
  • The Wolverines are advantaged, but not by as much as one might think, with -140 odds to win.
  • Michigan boasts an 18-8 record against the spread for the season.

INDIANAPOLIS - The Florida State Seminoles face off against the Michigan Wolverines in the Sweet 16.

The matchup kicks off on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. EST, and could be a pivotal matchup in this tournament.

Michigan, as a #1 seed, is one of the favorites to win the entire tournament, while FSU, even at their #4 seeding, was a common pick for tournament champion in bracket play.

The matchup is relatively close, as far as the online sportsbooks are concerned, but some underlying statistics suggest it might not be that close.

Florida State vs. Michigan Sweet 16 Betting

The two teams entered the tournament as potential favorites, but this clash was inevitable if one thought both teams were good.

Entering the matchup, Michigan is favored on the moneyline.

Florida State vs. Michigan Moneyline

  • Florida State +120
  • Michigan -140

The matchup being in Michigan’s favor is no surprise, given the seeding, but the fact that it’s not more in their favor is notable.

When examining college basketball moneylines, it can be useful to convert the odds given into the implied percentages that those odds mean.

Michigan’s -140 odds mean that they have an implied percentage chance to win this game of 58.3%.

FSU’s +120 odds give them a 45.5% chance to win this game. Astute bettors will notice that these percentages do not add up to 100%.

This is because of the vig, the cut the sportsbook takes for offering odds. One can do these kinds of calculations and remove the vig, but for the purposes of odds comparison, it’s a bit less useful.

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ESPN’s BPI metric also generates a matchup prediction in the form of percentage chance to win the game.

BPI gives’ Michigan a 68.7% chance to win, and Florida State a 31.7% chance to win.

If one trusts BPI, this metric is telling bettors that there is value in Michigan’s moneyline, as they are more likely to win the game than the moneyline implies.

Meanwhile, Florida State is less likely to win the game than their moneyline implies, making them a bad value bet at +120 odds.

Florida State vs. Michigan Spread

  • Florida State +2.5 (-115)
  • Michigan -2.5 (-105)

On the spread, Michigan is favored by 2.5 points, with a bit of shading going the other way.

The line opened at Michigan -3 and has since moved to where it is now, which means it could continue to move as the game approaches.

Michigan has been a far better team against the spread than FSU has, with an 18-8 overall ATS record.

FSU clocks in with a 12-10-2 ATS record for the season, and a notably poor ATS record when playing away from home at 2-4-1.

This is a neutral site game, of course, but FSU’s prowess when playing at home is legendary, and one wonders whether they might be at more of a disadvantage away from home than other teams.

This matchup looks to be a spectacular one, and March Madness betting enthusiasts should be able to get their money’s worth on both the moneyline and the spread.