The Arizona Wildcats and Long Beach State Beach face off in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Basketball Tournament. This Arizona Wildcats team is one of the best that has come through the Tommy Lloyd era. With Pac-12 Player of the Year and North Carolina transfer Caleb Love, the Wildcats finally have the superstar that they were missing since De’Andre Ayton went to the draft. Long Beach State is probably going to struggle in this game, but with senior guard Marcus Tsohonis anything is possible.

Below, we will preview this NCAA Tournament college basketball game, giving an Arizona vs Long Beach State prediction and other March Madness expert picks. Which school will win and keep their hopes of winning the championship trophy alive?

Arizona vs Long Beach State Prediction and March Madness Expert Picks

2024 NCAA Tournament
No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks (22-10) vs. No. 13 Samford Bulldogs (29-5)
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Venue: Delta Center — Salt Lake City, UT
Coverage: TBS

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Arizona vs Long Beach State March Madness Odds

All college basketball betting odds for Arizona vs Long Beach State can be found at BetUS Sportsbook.

Moneyline: ARI: (N/A) | LBSU: (N/A)
Point Spread: ARI: -20.5 (-110) | LBSU: +20.5 (-110)
Total: 161 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

KenPom Rankings | Bracketology

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Arizona6121.1 (8)94.5 (12)71.8 (16)
Long Beach State163107.9 (145)107.9 (210)71.2 (29)

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  • Arizona is 9-2 in non-conference college basketball games this season. 
  • Long Beach State is 8-4 in non-conference college basketball games this season. 
  • The OVER is 16-17 in Arizona basketball games this season. 
  • The OVER is 19-14 in Long Beach State basketball games this season. 
  • Arizona is 2-2 in NCAA Tournament games since 2019. 
  • Long Beach State is 0-0 in NCAA Tournament games since 2019.

Arizona vs Long Beach State Prediction | March Madness Expert Picks

The Arizona Wildcats were one of the best teams this season all year long. Finding themselves atop the rankings for most of the season, they finally have a player who can carry the team in Caleb Love. Love’s inconsistencies have shown over his college career, but this season has been by far his best, averaging 18.1 PPG on 42.1% shooting from the field. Love is the leader of the nation’s third-highest-scoring team (87.9 PPG). The Wildcats make the third-most two-point shots in the country, at 23.7. On top of that, they hold opponents to just eight three-point makes per game.

Long Beach State is a really weird team. They run at a fast pace (29th in the country). With that fast pace, you would think that they get a ton of threes up per game, but they actually only shoot 17.7 per game and make 5.5. They do hit a lot of shots inside of the arc though, making 44.2 per game (fourth in the country). Led by one of the best scorers in the nation, Marcus Tsohonis (17.8 PPG on 40.5%), it would be wrong to say that Long Beach State has absolutely no shot in this game.

There is a reason that Arizona is a 20.5-point favorite in this game. While they have shown inconsistencies that leave them vulnerable, I can’t imagine that will affect them too much in this game. Arizona should easily outscore Long Beach State in this game and if LBSU does find themselves down big, it is going to be hard to come back making just 5.5 threes per game. For our Arizona vs Long Beach State prediction, we are picking the Arizona Wildcats to win and move on in the NCAA Tournament.

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