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Arizona and Houston Prep for Epic 2022 Sweet 16 Betting Clash

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Sweet Sixteen Houston Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Information

Once upon a time, the Houston Cougars were a national power in college basketball.  Under the late great legendary Hall of Fame coach Guy Lewis, Houston became a national brand in 1968.  To show, they defeated UCLA in an epic matchup Played at the Houston Astrodome on national TV.  Subsequently, Lewis built a March Madness betting program based on strong recruiting and prolific offense.   Current coach Kelvin Sampson is quick to pay homage to that era.  Last year Sampson took the Cougars to the Final Four and aims to do so again.

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Sweet Sixteen

Houston Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Information

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 9:59 pm ET
Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
TV Coverage: TBS

Houston Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Houston U +1½ ( -110 ) 145 ( -110 ) +105
Arizona -1½ ( -110 ) 145 ( -110 ) -125
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Houston Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats CashBet Wagering Analysis

On this occasion, Bitcoin Sportsbook action will split evenly.  Both teams have a strong appeal to the betting public.  And that is reflected in the price.  Arizona is a traditional power from the Pac-12.  At the same time, Houston made the national championship game in 1983 and 1984 but lost both times.  In particular, the 1983 defeat was extremely painful as it came at the buzzer against NC State.  That Houston team was the famed Phi Slama Jama edition, one of the most famous college basketball teams of all time.  In turn, those glory years remain part of the Houston brand.

New Look Arizona Rekindles the Glory

Overall, the Arizona Wildcats have a 2022 March Madness betting record of 28-3 straight up, 18-12-1 against the spread, and 17-14 over/under the total.  The Wildcats have national metrics of 3rd for scoring offense, 3rd for offensive rebounds, 108th for points allowed, and 130th for defensive rebounds.  Arizona was the regular season and tournament champion of the Pac-12 Conference.  Guard Bennedict Mathurin leads Arizona with 17.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.   Forward Azuolas Tubelis brings 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.  And then center Christian Koloko adds 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per outing.

Last time out for Arizona was an 85-80 overtime win over the TCU Horned Frogs as 9.5-point favorites.  The game went over the total of 146.5.  Arizona has not gotten the money in three of its most recent five games.  Nine of the Wildcats’ last 11 games went over the total.

Houston, We DON’T Have a Problem!

The Houston Cougars have a bet on NCAA basketball record of 31-5 straight up, 24-12 against the spread, and 15-19-2 over/under the total.  The Cougars have national metrics of 60th for scoring offense, 15th for offensive rebounds, 7th for points allowed, and 20th for defensive rebounds.  Guard Kyler Edwards averages 13.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.  Meanwhile, forward Fabian White Jr brings 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per outing.  Center Josh Carlton, guard Taze Moore, and guard Jamal Shead are averaging at least 9.8 points per game.

Last game for Houston was a 68-53 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini as 3.5-point favorites.  The game stayed under the total of 13.5.  In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Cougars took out the UAB Blazers 82-68 as 8.5-point favorites.  Also, the game cleared the total of 138.  Houston has nine payouts in its last ten games.  Only two of the Cougars’ recent eight games have gone over the total.

Of major concern was when guard Marcus Sasser was lost for the season due to injury.  At that point, the Cougars were written off by many as a serious March Madness threat.  But the quality roster depth of UH has proven to be their salvation.  Houston’s ability to overcome the loss of its best player is a testament to Sampson’s recruiting.

Houston Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats CashBet Free Pick   

In this situation, Houston is the proven 2022 March Madness Betting Final Four program.

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