In a First Round NCAA Tournament game, the 1-seed Arizona Wildcats will face off with the 16-seed Wright State Raiders in the South Region. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, picks, bracketology, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our Arizona vs Wright State prediction for the game today.
Arizona vs Wright State | NCAA Tournament Bracketology
2022 NCAA Tournament
No. 1 Arizona Wildcats (31-3) vs. No. 16 Wright State Raiders (22-13)
Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Time: 7:27 PM EST
Venue: Viejas Arena — San Diego, CA
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Arizona vs Wright State College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds
Moneyline: ARZ: (N/A) | WRST: (N/A)
Point Spread: ARZ: -21.5 (-110) | +21.5 (-110)
Total: 156.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
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KenPom Rankings | Bracketology
KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com
|Arizona||No. 2||119.6 (No. 5)||92.4 (No. 20)||72.2 (No. 8)|
|Wright State||No. 179||106.5 (No. 107)||107.1 (No. 261)||68.4 (No. 98)|
Arizona vs Wright State College Basketball Betting Trends
- Each of the Wildcats’ last six games has gone OVER the total.
- The OVER is 5-1 in the Wildcats’ last six neutral site games.
- All of the Wildcats’ last five neutral site games as a favorite have gone OVER the total.
- Raiders are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against teams with a winning percentage above .600.
- Raiders are 0-4 ATS in their last four games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
- The OVER is 6-0 in the Raiders’ last six games as an underdog.
Arizona vs Wright State Prediction | March Madness Picks and Bracketology
In his first season at the helm, Tommy Lloyd has taken Arizona basketball right back to the top. The combination of talent, size and athleticism that the Wildcats possess has led many college basketball picks analysts to dub them the “most aesthetically pleasing” team in the country. Arizona is a popular pick to cut down the nets as NCAA Tournament National Champions and for good reason.
No team has had a true answer for leading scorer Bennedict Mathurin all season long. It’s hard to envision 16-seed Wright State being the first. Along with the long, athletic Mathurin, Arizona deploys an incredible rotation of size on the interior. Azuolas Tubelis and Christian Koloko dominated numerous Pac-12 Conference opponents this season. Late in the year, the Wildcats also began to work Oumar Ballo into the rotation more frequently. From a size standpoint, Arizona is truly a matchup nightmare, especially for a mid-major school like Wright State.
Unfortunately, Arizona did suffer a key loss during the Pac-12 Tournament as point guard Kerr Kriisa suffered a nasty ankle sprain. Although the Wildcats’ top three-point shooter and assists leader does seem to be trending towards being able to play in the NCAA Tournament, it would not be a surprise if he misses at least this First Round game. With this in mind, the Raiders become an interesting option at +21.5. Even if the Wildcats overwhelm Wright State early, a potential backdoor cover could be in play given the Raiders’ own offensive prowess.
Our college basketball betting Arizona vs Wright State prediction tonight will be Wright State +21.5 at BetUS.
For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Arizona a 97.2% chance to win.