Harvard vs. Arizona
Spread: ARI -10.5
M/L: ARI -600, HAR +475
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The No. 14 seeded Harvard Crimson were able to pull a shocking upset of No. 3 seeded New Mexico, but I warned you yesterday in my preview that the Crimson were legit threats to pull the upset. Pulling another against the Arizona Wildcats, however, is going to prove to be quite a different matter.
Arizona is double-digit favorites, and the Pac-12 powerhouse is going to look to push the pace against a Harvard team that really doesn’t want to get into a shootout with the Wildcats. Arizona averaged 73.3 points per game, and is capable of posting big numbers. They are 10-1 when they score at least 75 points, and their 81-64 victory over Belmont in the opening round was a pretty good exposition of what they can do.
The Wildcats got 23 points from Mark Lyons, who hit three of the Wildcats nine three point field goals. Lyons was joined by three other Wildcats in double figures, and the team shot 56.9 percent from the floor, while also out-rebounding Belmont 42-15.
Harvard had four of their five starters in double-figures in their win over New Mexico, paced by Laurent Rivard’s 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting (all threes) and Wesley Saunders’ 18 points on 5-of-8 FG, 8-of-9 FTs.
Saunders shot 50 percent from three on the season while leading the Crimson in scoring with 16.5 per game, and Rivard also averaged 10.6 points per game on 40.9 percent three point shooting. Harvard shot 40.3 percent from distance as a team, and they are a team heavy reliant upon their starting five. The Crimson don’t have a lot of depth, and that ultimately may be what causes their demise against the Wildcats today.
Arizona Betting Trends: UNDER is 7-1-1 in Arizona’s last 9 non-conf games, UNDER 22-4 in last 26 Saturday games, UNDER is 9-2-1 in last 12 neutral site games.