The Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball season tips off Monday, Nov. 7 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines will embark on a goal of reaching the Sweet 16 for the sixth straight season, but given their performance in recent years, their aspirations won’t stop there. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Wolverines’ Final Four odds are +800.
The Final Four is a stage their head coach knows a lot about.
Juwan Howard, a prominent member of Michigan’s famed Fab Five that advanced to consecutive National Championship games in the early 1990s, is starting his fourth season as the head coach of the Wolverines. He’s likely laid out multiple team goals: Big Ten conference title, Big Ten tournament title, NCAA tourney appearance, and the Final Four.
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Michigan is priced at +450 by DraftKings to win the Big Ten conference title. Caesars prices the school at +350 for the same accomplishment. Michigan last won the conference regular season title in 2021, their 15th in school history.
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Hoops fans in Michigan can wager on the Wolverines, Spartans, and other college teams during the 2022-23 season. The state launched legal online sports betting in January 2021, and it’s been in place for the last two March Madness runs by U-M.
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Michigan Wolverines Odds to Reach Final Four
Not all sportsbooks in Michigan are offering Final Four odds, including Caesars and BetMGM, but three of these five popular apps do. Here are those odds:
- FanDuel: +800
- DraftKings: +1000
- PointsBet: +1000
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Michigan Basketball Continues Success in Howard Era
When the Wolverines hired alumnus Juwan Howard in May of 2019, some were skeptical. Howard had six seasons of experience on the sidelines: as an assistant coach in the NBA. Could his status as a star player in college and the NBA translate to success at the collegiate level? Many were unsure.
But Howard has enjoyed more success in his first three seasons than any coach in U-M basketball history. He has a conference title, an Elite 8 appearance and a Sweet 16 appearance on his résumé.
Four other NCAA men’s basketball programs have reached the Sweet 16 in as many as five consecutive tournaments: North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, and Gonzaga. Howard is the first coach to do it with one school in each of his first two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Under Howard, the Wolverines are 5-2 in the tournament. As a member of the Fab Five, Howard appeared in three Sweet 16s from 1992 to 1994.
In 2022-23, Howard welcomes back his best player Hunter Dickinson (18.6 PPG and 8.6 RPG last season as a sophomore) but must overcome the loss of Eli Brooks and Moussa Diabate, who graduated after being a big part of the school’s recent success on the basketball court.
The potential is on the roster, but it’s young, as a quartet of four-star recruits and a fifth-year senior have arrived in Ann Arbor. Interestingly, coach Howard could play his son, Jett Howard, as part of a “Fab 4” freshman group with other top recruits Gregg Glenn, Dug McDaniel, and Tarris Reed.
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Key Games for Michigan Basketball 2022-23 Season
The Wolverines will face three nationally ranked teams before the Big Ten conference schedule begins on Jan. 1, 2023.
- Nov. 29 vs No. 18 Virginia
- Dec. 4 vs. No. 4 Kentucky
- Dec. 21 vs. No. 1 North Carolina
- Jan. 7 at Michigan State
- Jan. 26 vs. Purdue
- Feb. 5 vs. Ohio State
- Feb. 11 vs. No. 13 Indiana
- Feb. 18 vs. Michigan State
The favorites to win the Big Ten regular season title are Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. FanDuel prices the Hoosiers at +290 to win the conference, Illinois at +470, and Michigan at +380. Purdue was a 29-win team last season and is expected to be tough again.
Last season, Michigan lost a hard-fought game against the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor and will be seeking revenge over its rivals. Also, the Illinois home-and-home series will be interesting because the Fighting Illini defeated Howard and the Wolverines twice last season.
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