Arizona vs Houston odds, prediction

Number one-ranked Arizona narrowly escaped the TCU Horned Frogs with a victory. Thursday they have the opportunity to stamp their tickets for the Elite Eight. BetMGM is slightly expecting this outcome, with Arizona vs. Houston odds placing the Wildcats as two-point favorites.

This game should be extremely competitive from start to finish.

March Madness 2020 Sweet 16: No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 5 Houston

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No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 5 Houston odds

propagated: Arizona -1.5 against Houston +1.5

Moneyline: Arizona -125 against Houston +100

Total: Over 141.5 | Less than 141.5


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Arizona Wildcats vs Houston Cougars best bets
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March Madness 2022: Arizona vs Houston prediction

The Cougars are a good match for the Pac-12 champions. Their high-flying top-10 defense will easily force turnovers against an opponent who has committed 35 in his first two tournament games. They’ll be pounding the offensive glass, like TCU did when it nearly ticketed Arizona in the second round. They carry the motivation of the forgotten, in which the analysts believe, but not the analysts. Their head coach (Kelvin Sampson) has two Final Four appearances and decades of experience, while Tommy Lloyd is finishing his first season in charge.

But Arizona’s advantage in talent, size and speed won’t allow Houston to turn the game into a crawl. Fast-paced teams have been a problem for the Cougars — producing losses to Alabama and Memphis (twice) — and the Wildcats run the floor as well as any team in the country. With point guard Kerr Kriisa’s improved ankle and Ben Mathurin using the tournament to increase their draft stock, Arizona will earn a victory of their first Final Four in 21 years.

Best bet Arizona vs Houston: Arizona-1.5

Lance B. Holton