Participating in the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament for the first time was no mean feat but winning the first game against a top-10 seeded side was an even more remarkable achievement. Leading up to the NCAA Championship, Michigan faced quite stiff competition, defeating Ohio State, 2019 winner Penn State, and defending champion Maryland to emerge the 2023 Big Ten Championship winner.
Despite riding on the back of the Big Ten Championship to secure its slot at the NCAA tourney, the Wolverines were still underdogs against the Cornell Big Reds. The Connor Buczek-led Cornell lost to Yale at the semi-finals of the Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Championship, but qualified as third-best as the league was able to secure that many bids to the NCAA. They, however, came into the tournament with an 11-3 record.
Michigan NCAA betting sites didn’t make the Wolverines’ betting odds exactly promising. DraftKings Sportsbook MI listed the Wolverines’ moneyline odds at +170 against Cornell. BetMGM and FanDuel Sportsbook Michigan listed the Wolverines moneyline at +175 and +180, respectively.
The spread odds were Michigan at +2.5 goals with -115 for BetMGM while DraftKings fixed the Wolverines at +2 with -115 odds. BetMGM Sportsbook MI further places Michigan as +2500 to win the NCAA championship.