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Texas Southern vs. Arizona - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona (31-3) vs. Texas Southern (22-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Arizona -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Texas Southern Tigers and Arizona Wildcats meet Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.

The Texas Southern Tigers won the SWAC and haven’t lost since February 7th. On the season, Texas Southern is averaging 68.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 67.4 points on 44 percent shooting. Madarious Gibbs is averaging 14.1 points and 4.3 assists while Chris Thomas is averaging 12.6 points and five rebounds. Deverell Biggs is dishing 1.9 assists and Malcolm Riley is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Texas Southern Tigers have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 66.2 percent from the line and 32 percent from deep. Defensively, Texas Southern is allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 73 or more points in five of its last six games.

Texas Southern vs. Arizona - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Arizona Wildcats won the Pac-12 and also haven’t lost since February 7th. On the season, Arizona is averaging 76.4 points on 48.9 percent shooting and is allowing 58.6 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Stanley Johnson is averaging 14.1 points and 6.6 rebounds while Brandon Ashley is averaging 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is the third double-digit scorer and T.J. McConnell is dishing 6.4 assists. The Arizona Wildcats have six players averaging at least 9.1 points, and they’re shooting 69.9 percent from the line and 36 percent from deep. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in 10 of its last 11 games.

The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Wildcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall.

Texas Southern is an experience basketball team led by juniors and seniors, and the Tigers hung with some solid teams aleady such as SMU, Tennessee and even beat Michigan State. Don't sleep on this matchup. Take the points. 

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Texas Southern +23

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