St. Mary's vs. Arizona Prediction

March Madness Predictions: Arizona to cover vs. St. Mary's? 3/18/17

Is the spread too low in tonight's St. Mary's and Arizona second-round matchup at 7:45PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Wildcats are 5.5-point favorites versus the Gaels after opening as a 3.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 132 and has been bet up to 133.

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St. Mary's took care of business in the opening round of the tournament, dispatching VCU 85-77 as a 4-point favorite. The Gaels have now covered the spread in six of their last 10 games with one push, and are 8-2 straight up over their last 10. They were 17-11 at the betting window this season.

Arizona is hot, winners of five-in-a-row after easily beating North Dakota 100-82 as an 18-point favorite in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have won nine of their last 10 games entering play tonight and are 6-3-1 against the spread during that same stretch.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Wildcats have not fared well at the betting window in recent NCAA tournament games, going 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four appearances. That said, they're 4-0-1 against the number in their last five games, are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, and are 3-1-1 ATS in their lat five games as a favorite. For as strong as the Gaels have been at the betting window, they're also just 1-5 against the number in their last six neutral site games and are winless at 0-5 ATS in their last five as an underdog overall.

 

MARCH MADNESS PREDICTION: ARIZONA WILDCATS -5.5

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