March Madness odds respect is also high for the Arizona Wildcats as they are coming off a thrilling March Madness betting win over a highly regarded Texas team last week.
The West regional in Anaheim will pit the 1 seed Duke Blue Devils against the 5 seed Arizona Wildcats on Thursday night with a starting time of 9:45 PM ET and a telecast on CBS. Sports Gambling opened with Duke as a 9 point favorite and with total of 144.5.
The money line opened with Duke as a -500 favorite and Arizona as a +400 dog. The winner of this game will take on the winner of Thursday’s matchup between San Diego State and Connecticut on Saturday.
Arizona has a bet March Madness record of 29-7 straight up and 18-15-1 against the spread. The Wildcats are coming of a heart stopping 70-69 win against the Texas Longhorns as 5.5 point dogs. Arizona is one of the top offensive teams in college basketball as they are scoring 76.4 points per game and are led by Derrick Williams’s team leading 19.1 PPG.
Duke has a March Madness gambling record of 32-4 straight up and 20-15 against the spread. The Blue Devils are even more explosive than Arizona with 81 points per game on offense and are led by Nolan Smith’s 21 PG. Duke escaped with a 73-71 win over Michigan as 12.5 point chalks last round.
Arizona has paid out in 9 of their last 13 games in the NCAA Tournament and has gone 5-2 against the spread as a March Madness dog. The Wildcats have paid out in 9 of their last 13 non conference games but are just 1-6 against the spread versus the Atlantic Coast Conference. Arizona has gone over the total in 7 of their last 8 games as a NCAA Tournament underdog.
Duke has covered 6 of their last 8 Big Dance matchups with the March Madness odds and is 15-7 against the spread in non conference games. The Blue Devils are 15-7 against the spread in non conference action. Duke has gone under the total in 15 of their last 22 games as a Big Dance favorite.