Bet North Dakota Vs ArizonaNoah Williams
The second-seeded Arizona Wildcats will look to lay the smackdown on the 15th-seeded North Dakota Fighting Hawks when they square off in a clear mismatch in their opening round West Region matchup on Thursday. Now, let’s find out if the Wildcats can cover the spread as huge double-digit favorites.Â
How To Bet The North Dakota Fighting Hawks Vs Arizona Wildcats Odds & TV Info
(2) Arizona vs. (15) North Dakota
When: Thursday, March 16 at 9:50 PM ET
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Odds: Arizona -16.5
Why Bet The North Dakota Fighting Hawks Odds at +16.5
The Fighting Hawks have won four straight and nine of their last 10 to hit March Madness with some nice momentum. Not only that, but North Dakota averages an impressive 80.5 points per game (29th) on 48.3 percent shooting (19th) and 38.7 percent shooting from three-point distance (35th). The Fighting Hawks allow 72.8 points per game (198th) on 43.9 percent shooting (184th).
North Dakota has a trio of double-digit scorers in senior guards Corey Baldwin (10.3 ppg) and Quinton Hooker (19.1 ppg). Hooker was named Big Sky tournament MVP after scoring 28 points in the title game victory over Weber State.
Why Bet The Arizona Wildcats Odds at -16.5
Arizona has won four straight and nine of their last 10 games and got past Oregon 83-80 in the Pac-12 tournament title game on Saturday. The Wildcats average 76.3 points per game (108th) on 47.6 percent shooting from the field (36th) and a stellar 39.8 percent mark from beyond the arc (19th).
Defensively, Arizona has been phenomenal in limiting the opposition to just 65.4 points per game (37th) on 41.5 percent shooting from the field (61st) and 30.6 percent from three-point distance (12th).
The Wildcats also have a pair of flat-out stars in blossoming guard Alonzo Trier (17.3 ppg) and 7-0 center Lauri Markkanen, who averages 15.6 points per game and a team-high 7.1 rebounds.
North Dakota Vs Arizona Pick & Final Score Prediction
A convincing 69 percent of the betting public likes Arizona to win big and cover the spread and I believe that’s the easy call seeing as how the Wildcats are elite at both ends of the floor.
I know the Fighting Hawks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games andÂ 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win, but Arizona has gone 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600. Arizona is too good, too big and too talented for North Dakota to keep up with.
My final score prediction is Arizona 79 North Dakota 62