March Madness 2017: Oregon meets Michigan in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament

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Thursday's Sweet 16 matchups entice with a balance between offense-minded squads and defensive forces.

NCAA Tournament 2017: What to watch for Thursday as Sweet 16 begins

Thursday's Sweet 16 matchups entice with a balance between offense-minded squads and defensive forces.

What time is the Oregon-Michigan game?

No. 3 seed Oregon will face off against No. 7 Michigan at 7:09 p.m. ET Thursday in Kansas City in the Midwest Region.

What TVchannel is the Oregon-Michigan game on?

The Oregon-Michigan game will be on CBS.

Who is favored to win the Oregon-Michigan game?

The point spread as of Monday wasMichigan -1.5.

No. 3 Oregon

Coach: Dana Altman, seventh year

Overall record: 31-5

Scoring leader: Dillon Brooks, junior (16.4)

Rebounding leader: Jordan Bell, junior (8.3)

Assists leader: Payton Pritchard, freshman (3.8)

Famous non-athlete alum: Phil Knight, founder of Nike

Why Oregon can win:

From purely a physical and talent standpoint, Oregon has the advantage even without Chris Boucher, who tore his ACL during the Pac-12 Tournament. Guard Tyler Dorsey, who had 27 points on 9 of 10 shooting from the fieldin a comeback win against Rhode Island, isNBA-ready as a scorer and defender. Couple him with Dillon Brooks, the team's leading scorer and emotional leader, and it's hard to run away from the Ducks.

Jordan Bell has the potential to give Michigan all sorts of trouble. The Wolverines don't have anyone remotely close to Bell's imposing physical size, which should give the Ducks an advantage on the boards.

No. 7 Michigan

Coach: John Beilein, 10th year

Overall record: 26-11

Scoring leader: Derrick Walton Jr. , senior (15.4)

Rebounding leader: D.J. Wilson, junior (5.3)

Assists leader: Derrick Walton Jr., senior (4.9)

Famous non-athlete alum: James Earl Jones, actor

Why Michigan can win:

The Wolverines might be the best 3-point shooting team left in the field. After draining 16 of 29 shots (55 percent) from beyond the arc against Oklahoma State in the opening round, Michigan backed it up with six more triples against Louisville's vaunted defense. More surprising, forward Moritz Wagner, known as a 3-point shooter, battled Louisville's postplayers to score 26 points on 11 of 14 shooting.

Michigan doesn't have anyone on paper to match up against Oregon's Jordan Bell, but Wagner's performance proved the Wolverines can play physical as well as beat teams from beyond the arc.

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