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Gonzaga Faces Arkansas Thursday in Sweet Sixteen Matchup Betting

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Sweet Sixteen CBB Betting:  Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

The Gonzaga Bulldogs began the 2022 NCAA Tournament as the March Madness betting favorite to win the national championship.  So far, they are on pace to do just that.  However, it was not a cakewalk for the Zags as they were nearly upset in the second round by the Memphis Tigers.  Gonzaga was down ten points at halftime against Memphis before pulling itself together to rally for the win.  Gonzaga enters the Sweet Sixteen facing the most pressure of any team in the tournament.    

2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Sweet Sixteen

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Betting Information

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 7:09 pm ET
Location: Chase Center, San Francisco, California
TV Coverage: CBS

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Arkansas +9½ ( -110 ) 155 ( -110 ) +360
Gonzaga -9½ ( -110 ) 155 ( -110 ) -450
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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks CashBet Wagering Analysis  

On this occasion, squares will be looking at Gonzaga as the powerful sportsbook favorite.  Wise Guys see tremendous value in Arkansas.

Is Gonzaga Pressing Against the Pressure? 

Last year Gonzaga was the favorite to win the Big Dance.  But the Zags lost the national championship game for the second time in five years.  The Bulldogs’ performance against Memphis was indicative of the mounting pressure on them to deliver a title or else.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have a 2022 March Madness betting record of 28-3 straight up, 14-14-3 against the spread, and 14-17 over/under the total.  Overall, the Bulldogs have national metrics 1st for scoring offense, 2nd for offensive rebounds, 54th for points allowed, and 101st for defensive rebounds.

Last time out for Gonzaga was an 82-78 win over Memphis as 9.5-point favorites.  The game went over the total of 154.5.  Previously in the first round, the Bulldogs defeated the Georgia State Panthers 93-72 as 22.5-point favorites.  And the game went over the total of 149.5.

Drew Timmie scored 21 of his 205 points in the second half against Memphis to save the Gonzaga season.  Also factoring in the win for Gonzaga was Rasir Bolton with 17 points and Andrew Nembhard with 23 points.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few is in his 23rd season and is renowned as one of the best coaches in the country.  To summarize, Few has produced two Final Four berths for this small Catholic college from Washington State.  The only thing missing from Few’s resume is a national championship. Namely, Drew Timme leads Gonzaga with 18.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Chet Holmgren adds 14.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest.

Arkansas Goes Whole Hog at Cashier’s Cage

In sum, the Arkansas Razorbacks are 27-8 straight up, 20-14-1 against the spread, and 21-14 over/under the total.  The Razorbacks have national rankings of 40th for scoring offense, 37th for offensive rebounds, 150th for points allowed, and 177th for defensive rebounds.  Correlate that JD Notae leads the Hogs with 18.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.

Arkansas is coming off a 53-48 win over the New Mexico State Aggies as 6.5-point favorites.  The game went under the total of 139.  Previously in the first round, Arkansas defeated the Vermont Catamounts 75-71 as 4.5-point chalk, with the game going over the total of 141.

In their win over New Mexico State, Arkansas slogged through what was an ugly affair.  The Razorbacks hit on just 28% of their field goal attempts.  However, they were 22-25 on free throws.  And that proved to be the difference.  Arkansas scored the fewest points by any SEC team to win a game in the Big Dance in the win.  The Razorbacks have won 17 of their last 20 games and will bring confidence against Gonzaga.

Head coach Eric Musselman is a bet on NCAA basketball difference-maker who has made an immediate impact in three seasons.  To show, Musselman led the Hogs to the Elite Eight in 2021 and now the Sweet Sixteen this season.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Against the Spread  

As mentioned earlier, Arkansas is showing excellent 2022 March Madness Betting value and form. 

Gonzaga vs. Arkansas CashBet Best Bet: 

Arkansas Razorbacks

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