2013 Bracket Picks: South Dakota State vs. Michigan Predictions 3/21/13

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We’ve got our dancing shoes on once again here at Cappers Info, and that means that it’s time for the NCAA Tournament picks to continue. Our next set of March Madness Bracket Predictions take us to the South Region, where the #13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits and the #4 Michigan Wolverines meet in the Second Round.

South Region Picks: #13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. #4 Michigan Wolverines
Date: Thursday, March 21st, 7:15 ET
South Region Location: Palace at Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
South Dakota State vs. Michigan Live on TV: CBS

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Second Round Betting Lines
#13 South Dakota State Jackrabbits +11
#4 Michigan Wolverines -11
Over/Under 138.5

Every now and again, you see a kid that can transcend above the NCAA Tournament. We saw Stephen Curry do it. We saw Gerry McNamara do it. We saw Gordon Hayward do it. And G Nate Wolters is the type of man that could do it, too. Wolters is a huge scorer and always has been for his whole career with South Dakota State. The Summit League star has averaged 22.7 points per game this year, and he now has over 2,300 points scored in his illustrious career. Wolters literally did not come out of any game in the Summit League Tournament this year, and he has averaged 41:20 per game on the court over the course of his last six games. Last year in the dance though, Wolters only scored 19 points, and his team was completely overmatched physically by the Baylor Bears. The game stayed close, and the final margin was only eight, but it wasn’t a game that ever looked it truly could have been won. This is going to be much of the same. Michigan has its own version of Wolters in G Trey Burke, and obviously, Burke has put up his 19+ points and 6+ assists per game against a much tougher schedule. We do think that the Wolverines will screw around in this game for a bit, and Wolters’ never-say-die attitude will at least help the Jackrabbits stay in it. In the end though, it will once again be athleticism that rules the day. Michigan will win the battle on the boards by a huge margin, and it will get a somewhat closer than expected triumph to move onto the Round of 32.

South Dakota State vs. Michigan Free Pick: South Dakota State Jackrabbits +11
South Dakota State vs. Michigan Predictions: Michigan 73 – South Dakota State 64

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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