NCAA Tournament Pick: Gonzaga vs Arizona


No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. No 1 Arizona Wildcats

Date/Time: March 23, 2014, 9:40 p.m. EST


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The 2014 NCAA tournament is loaded with excitement and the college basketball fans are always looking for an upset. When the best team in basketball takes the court, the hope is that there will be a team that they play against that can give them a real challenge. When the No.1 seeded Arizona Wildcats go into their next battle against the Gonzaga Bulldogs they better be ready, because they are in for a big fight.

Game Overview:

The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Wildcats listed as (-6) point favorites. The betting public quickly jumped on the Wildcats as 65 percent of the money came in was on the Wildcats. That kind of push moved the betting line up to (-6.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.

The Wildcats are a very good team and they have a very good player. The Wildcats are led by Pac-12 Player of the Year Nick Johnson, who had a team-high 18 points Friday and is 11-of-22 from behind the arc over the last four games. That is the player to watch in this game. But Gonzaga also has some sweet talent on their team. Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski (15 points, 10 rebounds against Oklahoma State) has two double-doubles in his last four games after not registering one in his previous 21 games. However, the Bulldogs could use more offense out of leading scorer Sam Dower, who managed only three points on 1-of-5 shooting Friday and fouled out for the first time since November. The Bulldogs need a big outing from every player if they hope to knock out a No. 1 seed.

So is this the game where the tournament will see its first number one seed go by the wayside? Thee Zags surely think they have the talent to pull off the upset. The trends also seem to agree.

The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that the both of these teams have positive wagering angels in their favor for this game.  The Bulldogs are 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 4 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when they play against a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games.

Free Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs +6.5

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Cole Ryan

Cole started off as a part time handicapper and a full time computer programmer. After developing a computer program that consistently provided winners in NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports Cole went into full time handicapping. The computer program and his knack for winners made him a rising star in the handicapping world. His complex computer program based on algorithms and analytical calculations have led to a 60% ATS rate.

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