The Wildcats may have disappointed in their conference tournament, but they certainly haven't in the NCAA tournament. Can they win out over #2 Ohio State on Thursday? Find out where we are placing our NCAA Basketball picks in this matchup.
The last time we ran over the NCAA basketball odds, the
Buckeyes were four-point chalk for this showdown with the Wildcats.
While Arizona was an even 16-16 ATS this season, Ohio State
has recorded a 20-12-1 ATS record, making plenty of money for all who have added toem to their sports picks all season long.
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Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are on a roll and have been since the third
week in February. They've won ten straight games, a run that includes victories
over Michigan State (twice), Indiana and Wisconsin.
Ohio State stormed through the competition in the Big Ten
tournament, baeting the Badgers in the championsip game. They've carried over
the momentum into the NCAA tournament.
The first round was no trouble at all, with the Buckeyes
demolishing Iona 95-70. Deshaun Thomas had 24 points, Sam Thompson had 20, and
Ohio State shot 47.9 percent overall and 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from beyond the
Against Iowa State, the Buckeyes were even more efficient at
51.0 percent overall and 50.0 percent from three in a 78-75 victory. Thomas
scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds and Aaron Craft contributed 18
points and six assists.
The Buckeyes didn't cover in the W over the Cyclones, but
they're still a very profitable 6-1 ATS over their previous seven contests.
A poor showing in the Pac-12 tournament hasn't fazed the
Wildcats, whom have won each of their first two tournament games by at least 17
First they beat up on Belmont in a 81-64 win, with Mark
Lyons dropping a game-high 23 points. Nick Johnson, Kevin Parrom and Kaleb
Tarczewski all scored in double figures too.
A couple days later and Arizona was right back at it,
dominating Harvard from start to finish and winning 74-51 as 10.5-point
Lyons was at it again. He scored 27 points on 12-of-17 from
the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point range. Solomon Hill chipped in
with a 13-point/10-rebound double-double, as Arizona made 55.1 percent of their
shots, while holding Harvard to 27.6 percent shooting.
The Wildcats have now cashed in four of their last five –
can they keep the run going by giving Ohio State a run for their money?
College Basketball Pick
Consistency is a factor we like to take into consideration
when narrowing down our college basketball picks. It's hard for us to fully
trust Arizona here despite how good they've looked, as they have shown a
tendency to disappear at important times.
Ohio State has been the far more consistent team and you
know they're always going to bring a good effort on the defensive end. Craft is
one of the best on-ball defenders around and is going to do everything in his
power to make life difficult for Lyons. Meanwhile, Thomas has been making shots
at a very high rate and his quick trigger should allow him some more good looks
The Buckeyes have gone undefeated in neutral-site situations
this season and we don't foresee that changing. We're going with Ohio State to
win straight up and against the spread.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes -4
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