Oregon just held on to beat the almost-Cinderella Michigan Wolverines, and West Virginia/Gonzaga is back and forth a minute left to play. Purdue/Kansas is tight in the first half, and Xavier/Arizona is less than half hour out. It’s the greatest time of the year.
Xavier/Arizona Quick Thoughts
The line sits at Arizona -8 with over/under at 145. Arizona likely has no trouble ending Xavier’s run with a Musketeers defense that does not match up with 19-year-old Finn Lauri Markkanen.
The stud freshman has impressed this season and in this tournament, “averaging 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting just under 50 percent from the floor and an impressive 43.3 percent from three-point range.”
Additionally, tonight’s game is in San Jose, giving the Wildcats the crowd advantage verse Ohio-based Xavier.
With not much value on Arizona moneyline, tonight’s pick is Arizona Wildcats -8. Look for late fouls and free throws to push the number towards eight.