Ohio State vs Arizona NCAA Tourney Spread, ATS Pick & TV InfoJosh Bailey
Either squad advanced to the 2015 March Madness round-of-32 in different ways, but the Arizona Wildcats and Ohio State Buckeyes will face-off for a chance to play in the Sweet Sixteen.
The West region’s No. 2 seed Arizona Wildcats trounced No. 15 Texas Southern by 21 points, while No. 10 seed Ohio State pulled out a hard-fought three-point overtime victory over No. 7 VCU.
Arizona put the nation on notice and proved they deserve to be in the Final Four conversation by trouncing all over Texas Southern. The Wildcats put up 54 points in the first half and coasted in the second half en route to a 93-72 win.
Ohio State’s tilt vs VCU was a nail biter throughout regulation and into overtime, until the Buckeyes took control in OT. Freshman superstar, and by far the team’s best player, point guard D’Angelo Russell carried Ohio State with 28 points to a 75-72 win.
Matchup: (10) Ohio State Buckeyes vs (2) Arizona Wildcats
Date: Mar. 21, 2015
Start Time: 5:15 p.m. ET
Location: Portland, Oregon
Stadium: Moda Center
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Ohio State Vs Arizona
Point Spread: Wildcats -8.5
Game Total: 139.5
Ohio State Will Cover the 8.5-point Spread If
The Buckeyes offense can break down Arizona’s defense.
Ohio State played a team in VCU in the first round that wasn’t all that great defensively. The Buckeyes did just enough in overtime to garner a 75 to 72 victory. Once again their top player was D’Angelo Russell who scored 28 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
— OSU BASKETBALL (@OhioStateHoops) March 19, 2015
Russell is going to have to have the same type of game on Saturday, with a bit of a tweak, if Ohio State hopes to have any shot of beating Arizona. Russell needs to score, there’s no question about that, but he also needs to create buckets for his teammates. The Buckeyes have to produce more assists, meaning that what they should look to be doing is breaking down Arizona’s defense and kicking out for three-point shots or dumping down from the arc for easy two-point shots. If Russell tries to carry the load versus Arizona, the Buckeyes won’t cover the spread.
Ohio State March Madness Starting lineup
- G D’Angelo Russell, 6-5, Fr., 19.2 ppg, 5.6 apg
- G Shannon Scott, 6-1, Sr., 10.2 ppg, 5.8 apg
- F Sam Thompson, 6-7, Sr., 16.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg
- F Jae’Sean Tate, 6-5, Fr., 8.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg
- C Amir Williams, 6-11, Sr., 6.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
- Coach: Thad Matta (11th season)
Arizona Will Cover the 8.5-point Spread If
Arizona’s defense can frustrate the young Buckeyes.
Arizona’s defense is one of the best in the nation. It dominated fifteenth seeded Texas Southern in a 93 to 72 rout. The margin of victory could have been a lot more if Coach Sean Miller had kept the Arizona starters in for the entire second half.
— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) March 20, 2015
He pulled his starters early. It makes sense that Miller did that because Ohio State, led by D’Angelo Russell, has a much better offense than Texas Southern does. The rest could come in handy. The Buckeyes are extremely young, though. If Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona’s top defensive player can throw a wrench into Russell’s ability to create his own shot, Ohio State isn’t likely to fare well.
Arizona should be able to beat Ohio State by a fairly large margin, covering the spread, if Hollis-Jefferson is able to shut down Russell. The psyche of the rest of the Buckeyes will be in no position to pick up the slack.
Arizona March Madness Starting lineup
- G T.J. McConnell, 6-1, Sr., 9.6 ppg, 6.3 apg
- F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 6-7, So., 11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg
- F Brandon Ashley, 6-9, Jr., 11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
- F Stanley Johnson, 6-7, Fr., 13.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg
- C Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0, Jr., 9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg
- Coach: Sean Miller (sixth season)