Houston at Arizona - 3/24/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Houston at Arizona - 3/24/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Wildcats (33-3) vs Houston Cougars (31-5)

Game Info: Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 9:59 pm (AT&T Center)

Betting Odds: Arizona Wildcats -1.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Wildcats will play the Houston Cougars in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

The Arizona Wildcats are 33-3 (18-2) this season and have won eight games in a row. Arizona is coming off of an overtime win against TCU by a score of 85-80 in the round of 32. Arizona shot 45.6% from the field and turned the ball over 16 times in the win. Bennedict Mathurin led the Wildcats with 30 points and 8 rebounds in the game. Arizona is averaging 84.6 points per game and is giving up 67.9 points per game against, while also averaging 41.6 rebounds per game and 19.8 assists per game. Bennedict Mathurin is averaging 17.8 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game, while Azuolas Tubelis is averaging 14.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Arizona is shooting 49.6% on field goals, 73.8% on free throws, and 35.4% on three pointers.

The Houston Cougars are 31-5 (15-3) this season and have won five games in a row. Houston defeated Illinois by a score of 68-53 in the round of 32. Houston shot 42.4% from the field and was +6 in rebounding margin in the win. Taze Moore led the Cougars with 21 points and 7 rebounds in the game. Houston is averaging 75.8 points per game and is giving up 59 points per game against, while also averaging 39.1 rebounds per game and 16.6 assists per game. Kyler Edwards is averaging 13.9 points per game and 6 rebounds per game, while Fabian White Jr. is averaging 13 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Cougars. Houston is shooting 46.9% on field goals, 66.9% on free throws, and 34.1% on three pointers.

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Houston is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games and 25-9 ATS in their last 34 neutral site games. The under is 6-2-1 in Houston’s last 9 games. Arizona is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 neutral site games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games. The over is 7-1 in Arizona’s last 8 games.

Arizona struggled to close out TCU in their last game and got lucky that they weren’t called for a foul at the end of regulation, which would have given TCU two free throws to take the lead. Houston looked very solid against a good Illinois team and will have a lot of confidence coming into this game. I really think Houston has a good shot to upset the #1 seed in the South Region here, but I can’t pass this over up. Arizona has been an over machine this season and hasn’t played very good defense in their last few weeks. I like the over.

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