Ohio State vs. Arizona - 3/21/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes (24-10) at Arizona Wildcats (32-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -8.5 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Arizona Wildcats play Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won five of their last seven and are coming off a win over VCU. On the season, OSU is averaging 75.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.7 points on 40.5 percent shooting. D'Angelo Russell is averaging 19.6 points and five assists while Sam Thompson is averaging 10 points and 3.9 rebounds. Marc Loving is grabbing 3.6 rebounds and Shannon Scott is dishing 6.1 assists. The Ohio State Buckeyes have five players averaging at least 8.5 points, and they’re shooting 67.6 percent from the line and 37.3 percent from deep. Defensively, OSU is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in four straight games.
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The Arizona Wildcats haven’t lost in over a month and are coming off a win over Texas Southern. On the season, Arizona is averaging 76.9 points on 49.3 percent shooting and is allowing 59 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Stanley Johnson is averaging 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while Brandon Ashley is averaging 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is the third double-digit scorer and T.J. McConnell is dishing 6.3 assists. The Arizona Wildcats have five players averaging at least 9.2 points, and they’re shooting 70.5 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.
The Buckeyes are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games and 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 14-4 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
Ohio State plays down to its comp at times and finds itself playing close games. That's not going to fly against Arizona. While the chalk may be a little steep for my taste, I'm siding with the Wildcats here.