Buffalo vs. Arizona - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Bulls (26-8) at Arizona Wildcats (27-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9:40 pm (Taco Bell Arena)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -8 -- Over/Under: 157.5 See the Latest Odds
On Thursday out at Taco Bell Arena, the Buffalo Bulls and the Arizona Wildcats will be meeting up in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Buffalo enters this game with a 26-8 record overall. The Bulls are sitting on an eight-game winning streak, thanks to their Saturday victory over Toledo. In that MAC title game, Buffalo’s Wes Clark led the way on 26 points.
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CJ Massinburg is the lead scorer for the Bulls with 16.9 PPG and 7.4 RPG, while Nick Perkins has 16.6 PPG and 6.2 RPG. Also in double-figures for Buffalo are jeremy Harris (15.4 PPG) and Clark (14.6 PPG).
Over on the Arizona side, they’re sitting at 27-7 this year. The Wildcats have won their last five straight games, including Saturday’s victory over USC for the Pac-12 championship. In that one, Arizona’s Deandre Ayton put up 32 points.
Ayton is the lead scorer on the year for the Wildcats with 20.3 PPG and 11.5 RPG, and Allonzo Trier has 18.4 PPG. Also in double-figures for Arizona are Rawle Alkins (13.4 PPG) and Dusan Ristic (12.1 PPG; 7.0 RPG).
The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last four following a straight-up win and 4-0 ATS in their last four overall. Buffalo is also 18-7-3 ATS in their last 28 following an ATS win and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 neutral-site games.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral-site games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. Arizona is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven following a straight-up win and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six NCAA Tournament games.
Buffalo is a sneaky-good team this year. Although the Bulls haven’t played a ton of consequential teams, the fact remains that they’ve lost just three times since December 21. Arizona is no slouch either, as they’ve been competitive in most of their losses this season and are really solid on defense. If the line were much thicker I’d be taking the Bulls but as it stands now I think the Wildcats have it.