Wichita St. vs Arizona Pick
When: 9:20 PM ET, Thursday, March 17, 2016
Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
TV: 9:20 p.m. ET, TNT
Line: Arizona -1.5, Total: 136.5
Wichita State vs Arizona Preview
Wichita State (25-8) has won seven of it’s last eight contests. Half of their points came from bench players Tuesday as Anton Grady scored 11, Conner Frankamp eight and Markis McDuffie seven. The Shockers, who rolled away from Vanderbilt 70-50 in the First Four game at Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday as Baker and VanVleet totaled 28 points. Wichita State leads the nation in scoring defense (58.9) while Arizona averages 81.2 points.
Arizona (25-8) Forward Ryan Anderson averages 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and shoots 54.7 percent from the field while senior guard Gabe York scores 15.2 per game – 21.8 over the past four contests. Not only did Arizona receive a lower seed than expected, it must travel almost 2,600 miles to face a well-seasoned backcourt duo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS
Ron Baker 12 PTS, 4 REB, 0.6 BLK
Fred VanVleet 11 PTS, 3 REB, 5.1 AST
Anton Grady 9 PTS, 5 REB, 0.8 BLK
Ryan Anderson 14 PTS, 10 REB, 0.6 BLK
Allonzo Trier 13 PTS, 3 REB, 45.9 FG%
Gabe York 11 PTS, 3 REB, 40 FG%
Wichita State 76, Arizona 68
Yes, I am taking Wichita State to win and I am betting them on the money line.