North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs. Arizona Wildcats, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NCAA March Madness Odds, Picks and Prediction

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NORTH DAKOTA Fighting Hawks ARIZONA WILDCATS
22-9 March 16, 9:50 PM | Vivint Smart Home Arena 30-4
North Dakota vs Arizona, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 9:50 PM ET, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: 9:50 p.m. ET, TBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Thursday, March 16th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Energy Solutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
741 –North Dakota Fighting Hawks +17 -110 +430 Ov 147½ -115
742 –Arizona Wildcats -17 -110 -525 Un 147½ -105
 

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the Arizona Wildcats will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

ABOUT NORTH DAKOTA (22-9): The Fighting Hawks are led by senior guards Corey Baldwin and Quinton Hooker, who was named Big Sky tournament MVP after scoring 28 points in the title game victory over Weber State. Sophomore guard Geno Crandall ranks second on the team in scoring (15.6) for the Fighting Hawks, whose resume includes a win over Cal State Bakersfield along with surprising losses to Northern Arizona and Sacramento State. With the team’s small frontcourt expected to struggle against Arizona’s size, the Fighting Hawks will need to continue to hit from 3-point range to keep pace with the Wildcats.

ABOUT ARIZONA (30-4): Miller pushed all the right buttons in the Pac-12 tournament, even giving junior power forward Keanu Pinder his first start of the season in the title game so Markkanen could avoid foul trouble. The Wildcats boast an intriguing mix of freshmen and veterans, including junior point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who has played well late after battling injuries early in the season. “Really, really, really – I’ll use those words – proud of what this team has become,” Miller told reporters. “You hope it really comes together in March and that’s really what happened.”

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 17-point favorites versus the Sioux, while the game’s total is sitting at 147½.

Arizona star Allonzo Trier’s roller-coaster season is surging forward at just the right time for the Wildcats, who earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s West Region after beating Oregon in Saturday’s Pac-12 tournament title game. The Wildcats begin play Thursday with a first-round matchup against 15th-seeded North Dakota, which earned its first trip to the Big Dance with a 93-89 overtime victory over Weber State in the Big Sky tournament championship game.

Trier, a 6-5 sophomore guard who missed the first 19 games of the season with a PED-related suspension, was named Pac-12 tournament MVP after finishing with 21 points and eight rebounds in the 83-80 win over Oregon. Center Lauri Markkanen, who averages 15.6 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds, joined Trier on the all-tournament team and figures to create plenty of trouble for the smaller Fighting Hawks. The Wildcats’ 69-62 loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 3 likely cost them a No. 1 seed, but they earned a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title after winning six of their final seven games. Coach Sean Miller’s squad will need to be careful not to rest on defense against sharpshooting North Dakota, which averages 80.5 points while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.

Arizona was a 83-80 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Ducks. They covered the +1.5-point spread as underdogs.

North Dakota was a 93-89 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wildcats. They covered the -1.5-point spread as favorites.

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North Dakota:
Team record: 22-9 SU,17-9-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
North Dakota is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games
North Dakota is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games

Arizona:
Team record: 30-4 SU,18-15-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Arizona is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 6 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. The winner advances to face the winner of No. 10 seed VCU and No. 7 seed Saint Mary’s.

2. Arizona is 54-30 in the NCAA Tournament, including 11-5 under Miller.

3. North Dakota is 14-3 when leading at the half.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Arizona Wildcats will cover the spread at -17 and the game will go over 147½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Arizona 87, North Dakota 66 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

BETTING TRENDS
NORTH DAKOTA
No trends to report
ARIZONA
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 6 games
Arizona is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
North Dakota’s Overall Scoring vs Arizona’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 65.4 16
North Dakota’s Away Scoring vs Arizona’s Home Defense 0.0 0 65.4 26
North Dakota’s Road Rebounds vs Arizona’s Home Rebounds Allowed 0.0 0 29.9 9
Arizona’s Overall Scoring vs North Dakota’s Overall Defense 76.3 36 0.0 0
Arizona’s Home Scoring vs North Dakota’s Road Defense 77.4 44 0.0 0
Arizona’s Home Rebounds vs North Dakota’s Road Rebounds Allowed 36.1 62 0.0 0
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
No trends to report
ARIZONA
No trends to report

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