Date/Time: March 27, 2014, 10:17 p.m. EST
College Basketball Betting Odds from WagerWeb
The 2014 NCAA Tournament has already featured the upset of one top seed as the No. 1 seeded Wichita State Shockers were eliminated. Now the Arizona Wildcats would like to make sure that they do not become the next victim. They get a very difficult draw as the well-coached San Diego State Aztecs have the skill and the depth to give Arizona a run for their money in this late game on Thursday night. With a trip to the Elite Eight on the line, this could be the best game of the night.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Wildcats listed as (-6.5) point favorites. This is the largest spread of the Sweet Sixteen round and the early money is on the underdog as this line has slowly dipped down to minus six at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The college basketball betting public is on the Aztecs early because they are a highly underrated team. The Aztecs took down the upstart North Dakota State Bison and they will be very happy to play at their next location.
The Aztecs now get to make the short drive up the interstate to Anaheim where they will face the No. 1 seed Arizona in the West Regional semifinals on Thursday. Getting to Anaheim became the unspoken goal the second the brackets were released last Sunday. This has now given this team motivation and reason to believe they can take down the Wildcats.
The Wildcats had struggled before their last victory. The Wildcats had played two straight worrisome games, losing the Pac-12 Tournament championship game to UCLA on March 15 and struggling to put away 16th-seeded Weber State on Friday, but had no such trouble Sunday. They scored eight points on four Gonzaga turnovers in the first five minutes, taking an initial 13-6 lead and the game didn’t change a whole lot after that. They dominated a game that never seemed like it was in question. In the first half, Arizona forced 11 Bulldog turnovers while taking a 47-34 halftime lead. The Wildcats scored 19 points off Gonzaga’s 11 first-half turnovers, while shooting 50 percent from the field, and taking advantage of an injury to Zags guard Pangos. The Wildcats are winning with a ferocious defense that is going to be a big issue for this game.
The Wildcats will be hard pressed to play a game that was as good as the one that they played against Gonzaga. The Aztecs are very talented and motivated to win this game. Another No. 1 seed goes down as the Aztecs win big and head to the Elite Eight as a legitimate contender.
Free Pick: San Diego Aztecs +6
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