San Diego State Aztecs vs. Arizona Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/27/14
San Diego State Aztecs (31-4) at Arizona Wildcats (32-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -7.5 -- Over/Under: 121.5 See the Latest Odds
The San Diego State Aztecs play the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday night in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The San Diego State Aztecs defeated the North Dakota State Bison on Saturday 63-44 in the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament. The Aztecs have a tendency to over-rely on star guard Xavier Thames (17.4 points), who has averaged 26.5 points in two NCAA tourney victories. Sixth man Dwayne Polee II (8.4 points) has provided a huge boost to his offensively challenged team over the past month and scored 15 points in each of the NCAA tournament victories against New Mexico State and North Dakota State. Polee’s progress is startling; he has earned the nickname “Trampolee” for his leaping ability and highlight dunks. You also have to factor in that coach Steve Fisher didn’t even insert him into the game during the November loss to Arizona. San Diego State is in the Sweet 16 for only the second time in school history.
The Arizona Wildcats beat Gonzaga 84-61 to advance to the Sweet 16 on Thursday night. Aaron Gordon, who is averaging 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds on the year, leads the Wildcats. Gordon is expected to enter the NBA draft once his freshman season is over and he put together back-to-back solid outings in NCAA tournament victories over Weber State and Gonzaga. Gordon averaged 17 points and seven rebounds and made 15-of-21 shots in the two victories while continuing to be a splendid complement to guard Nick Johnson, 16.3 points this season, the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Johnson has been a thorn in San Diego State’s side, having scored 23 points when Arizona won in San Diego earlier this season and making a game-saving blocked shot just prior to the buzzer last season when the Wildcats edged the Aztecs 68-67 in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. The top-seeded Wildcats routed Gonzaga in the round of 32 and are looking to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2011.
The Wildcats were one of the top teams in the nation all season and are certainly under more pressure than San Diego State, as the school hasn’t reached a Final Four since 2001 despite possessing a bevy of talent. I think this game will be close and I’ll take the points with the Aztecs.