Arizona vs Princeton Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/16/23
Princeton Tigers (21-8) vs Arizona Wildcats (28-6)
March 15, 2023 4:10 pm EDT
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -13.5 / Princeton Tigers +13.5; Over/Under: 154.5
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The Princeton Tigers and Arizona Wildcats meet Thursday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament First Round at the Golden 1 Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Princeton Tigers are averaging 76 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 42 percent shooting. Tosan Evbuomwan is averaging 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds, while Ryan Langborg is averaging 12 points and 3.1 rebounds. Matt Allocco is the third double-digit scorer and Caden Pierce is grabbing 7 rebounds. The Princeton Tigers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Princeton Tigers are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game.
The Arizona Wildcats are averaging 83.1 points on 49.3 percent shooting and allowing 71.9 points on 41 percent shooting. Azuolas Tubelis is averaging 19.8 points and 2 assists, while Oumar Ballo is averaging 14.2 points and 8.5 rebounds. Courtney Ramey is the third double-digit scorer and Pelle Larsson is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Arizona Wildcats are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona Wildcats are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game.
The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Wildcats are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 9-2 in Tigers last 11 overall. The over is 7-3 in Wildcats last 10 overall.
The Princeton Tigers had a great season, and they have a lot of senior leadership that could help them in this spot. However, Princeton had a weak schedule this season, not playing a single big program or ranked team. It could be a bit of a culture shock here when going up against Arizona’s athletes and this scoring punch. I would need more points to consider Princeton in this spot. Give me Arizona in what could be a routine 15-2 blowout.