NCAA Tournament Picks for Arizona State vs. Texas

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 2:37 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014 2:37 PM UTC

The #10 seed Arizona St. Sun Devils (21-11) take on the #7 seed Texas Longhorns (23-10) in the first round of the Midwest Regional at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the opening tip slated for 9:40 PM ET. Have the odds makers left any open doors for us looking to make our sports picks?

According to NCAA Tournament betting odds Texas is a 1.5 point favorite and the posted total is 141.5. Arizona St. finished in a 5-way tie for 3rd in the PAC 12 during the regular season, and then lost in the conference tournament quarterfinals 79-58 to Stanford. Texas finished tied for 3rd in the Big 12 regular season standings, and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament before losing to a red-hot Baylor team 86-69.


Stagger into the “Big Dance”

The Arizona St. Sun Devils enter this first round NCAA Tournament contest having lost their last 3-games. They had been a solid defensive team all season, but during their recent 3-game losing streak opponents combined to shoot a robust 49.4% from the field, and average 80.7 points per contest. On a more positive note the Sun Devils were a very good 3-point shooting team this season converting on a stellar 38.6% of their attempts. The Sun Devils have gone under the total in their last 5 non-conference games.

NCAA Tournament Betting: Midwest Region Picks & Predictions

What Texas Team Shows Up

This is a Texas team which has put their fans and coaching staff through a roller coaster full of emotions this season. They can look so good like they did during a 7-game conference winning streak then proceed to look so horrible in blowout losses to Kansas 85-54 and Kansas State 74-57.  At the end of the day, this is a very talented squad that if on their game, can beat any team in the country. Unfortunately, due to the inconsistency they’ve displayed this season, it would be hard for me to envision them making any kind of deep run in the upcoming tournament.

Which books are offering the best NCAA Tournament Odds?

NCAA Betting System

Any neutral court team (Arizona St.) playing in game 15 of the season or beyond with a total between 140.0 to 149.5, and they’re coming off 1 or more games that went under, and both teams are averaging between 74 to 78-points per game, has seen 31 of those 36-games (86.1%) go under the total in the last 5 seasons. For that reason, we are backing a similar result with out NCAA Basketball picks in this matchup.

Free Pick: Arizona St./Texas to go under the total of 141.5
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