The No. 2 Arizona Wildcats (28-6) and the No. 15 Princeton Tigers (21-8) square off on Thursday to fight for a place in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The first round matchup begins at 4:10 PM.
Thursday’s matchup between the Wildcats and the Tigers sees the Wildcats as a double-digit favorite by 14.5 points. The point total for the matchup is set at 154.
Arizona vs. Princeton Odds
Point Spread for Arizona vs. Princeton
The spread for this matchup is set at 14.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Arizona as the favorite.
Arizona vs. Princeton Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Arizona has -1091 odds to pick up the win, while Princeton is listed at +700 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 154 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 16, 2023
- Game Time: 4:10 PM ET
- TV Channel: TNT
- Location: Sacramento, California
- Arena: Golden 1 Center
Arizona vs. Princeton Betting Trends
Arizona has 17 wins against the spread in 34 games this year. The Wildcats have won in 27, or 84.4%, of the 32 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. Arizona’s games this year have hit the over on 18 of 27 set point totals.
Princeton is 15-12-0 against the spread this season. The Tigers are 4-2 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 66.7% of those games). Princeton has hit the over 55.6% of the time this year (15 of 27 games with a set point total).
Arizona vs. Princeton Key Players to Watch
Azuolas Tubelis posts 19.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game — both team highs. He is also posting 2 assists, shooting 57.5% from the floor. Oumar Ballo puts up 14.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, shooting 64.9% from the floor. Pelle Larsson puts up 10.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. At the other end, he posts 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Kerr Kriisa paces the Wildcats at 5.2 assists per contest, while also posting 2.4 rebounds and 10.1 points.
The Tigers get 11 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2 assists per game from Matt Allocco. Caden Pierce is the Tigers’ top rebounder (7.1 per game), and he averages 8.3 points and 1.2 assists. Ryan Langborg is averaging 12.1 points, 3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest, making 41.2% of his shots from the floor and 33.3% from 3-point range, with 2 triples per contest.
What you need to know about the Arizona Wildcats
The Wildcats are ceding 71.5 points per game this season (223rd-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really played well on offense, scoring 82.7 points per game (fourth-best). Arizona ranks 11th-best in the country by grabbing 36.1 boards per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 130th in college basketball (30.3 allowed per contest).
With a 38.2% three-point percentage this season, Arizona ranks 15th-best in the country. It ranks 55th in college basketball by sinking 8.6 treys per contest. The Wildcats are allowing 8 threes per game (276th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opponents to shoot 32.8% (111th-ranked) from downtown.
The Wildcats are 6-4 against the spread and 7-3 overall over their last 10 games. Arizona has gone over the total in seven of its past 10 games. Arizona has been racking up 81.2 points per contest in its last 10 appearances, an average that’s a little lower than the 82.7 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Arizona’s defense has been more porous as of late, as the team has allowed 73.4 points per game over its last 10 compared to the 71.5 points per game its opponents average this season.
What you need to know about the Princeton Tigers
The Tigers are 76th in college basketball in points scored (76 per game) and 134th in points conceded (68.6). Princeton is the 15th-best squad in the country in rebounds per game (35.8) and is ranked 102nd in rebounds allowed (30).
Beyond the arc, Princeton is 62nd in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (8.5). It is 171st in 3-point percentage at 34.4%. The Tigers give up 6.4 3-pointers per game and concede 32.6% from beyond the arc, ranking 70th and 106th, respectively, in the nation.
The Tigers have a 7-3 record against the spread while going 7-3 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Princeton has hit the over seven times. Over its past 10 games, Princeton is averaging 76.5 points per game, 0.5 more than its season average (76). The Tigers are giving up 73.8 points per game over their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 68.6 points allowed.
Arizona vs. Princeton Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this matchup is Arizona, and we predict that Arizona will cover the spread (Arizona -14.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 154 points.
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