2016 NCAA Tournament South Region – #6 Arizona vs. #11 Wichita State

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    There was some speculation in certain circles if Wichita State deserved to be in NCAA Tournament after Arch Madness setback to Northern Iowa. No more, especially looking the betting odds.

    The Shockers defense dismantled Vanderbilt in holding them to 50 points on only 30.2 percent shooting. If you watched closely the combination of great scouting by coach Gregg Marshall’s staff in harmony with the players executing game plan, which took away lobs to Damian Jones and forced normally reliable Commodores deep shooters into nightmarish 3 for 19 night, it beautiful basketball.

    Seeds matter in terms of who you play, but those setting the NCAA basketball odds are more tuned in which is why this 6 vs.11 matchup has Arizona at only -1 with total of 136.5.

    This matchup is scheduled for 9:20 ET tip on TNT  Thursday and those who stay to the end in Providence will get a free green beer coupon for one last St. Patty’s cheer. (Not really)

    The Betting Numbers

    Arizona

    SU and ATS Records – 25-8, 16-17 ATS

    Away Record –8-7 and 6-9 ATS

    Favorite Record – 24-6 and 15-15 ATS

    3 or More Days Rest – 12-3 and 7-8 ATS

    Off a SU Loss – 4-3 SU and 3-4 ATS

    Wichita State

    SU and ATS Record – 25-8, 19-12 ATS

    Away Record – 12-7 and 11-8 ATS

    Underdog  Record – 0-1 and 0-1 ATS

    One Days Rest – 1-1 and 1-1 ATS

    Off a SU Win – 18-6 SU and 14-10 ATS

    The Game Scoop

    As I have written about here and other places this season, Arizona has been off this year. The Wildcats do not have lottery picks dotting their roster, but they have NBA quality players, yet there has been a disconnect almost the entire. This seems best portrayed thru coach Sean Miller, who has not smiled since December and there have been few happy faces even in victory coming from Arizona players.

    The Wildcats would seem to have the pieces to knock off Wichita State with its size, with large frontcourt players like 6-9 Ryan Anderson (15.5 PPG), 7-0 Kaleb Tarczewski (9.4 PPG and 9.3 RPG) and 7-0 Dusan Ristic (7.3 PPG) coming off the bench. Miller’s Cats average 81.7 PPG and in the backcourt has Gabe York (15.2) and Alonso Trier (15.0). While talented, these guards are not the best when it comes to shot selection, nor the most alert passers, as Tarczewski has been seen frequently being frustrated when not getting the ball. Expect Miller to want to feed the post to pile up fouls on Wichita State and create matchup problems.

     

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