The NCAA Tournament West Region has two intriguing games on Thursday. The region has been dominated by the favorites with three of the top four seeds in the Sweet 16. The current odds have Arizona at 5 to 6 to win the region, with Wisconsin at 8 to 5, North Carolina at 7 to 1 and Xavier at 20 to 1.
North Carolina No. 4 vs. Wisconsin No. 1
The Badgers are favored in this matchup by 6.5 points with the point total sitting on 144. North Carolina defeated Harvard 67-65 in the round of 64 and followed that up with a round of 32 win over Arkansas 87-78.
North Carolina is 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS over its past six games.
Justin Jackson North Carolina’s freshman guard scored four of his 14 points late in the game to thwart a rally by the Razorbacks. Marcus Paige led the Heels with 22 points.
Kennedy Meeks a power forward for North Carolina is doubtful for the game with a sprained knee.
Wisconsin defeated Coastal Carolina and Oregon to reach the Sweet 16, but failed to cover in both games. Wisconsin is 18-1 SU and 8-10-1 ATS over its past 19 games played.
Frank Kaminsky is the best player on the Badgers and one of the best in the nation. He scored 27 against Coastal Carolina and 16 versus Oregon.
Xavier No. 6 vs. Arizona No. 2
Arizona is favored by 10.5 points in this matchup, with the point total sitting on 135.
Xavier defeated No. 11 Ole Miss and then No. 14 Georgia State both straight up and against the spread to reach the Sweet 16.
The Musketeers are 4-1 ATS over their past 5 games played with the UNDER cashing in four of the five. Matt Stainbrook is the top big man for Xavier, while Jalen Reynolds a sophomore forward has come up big in the first two games of the tournament.
Arizona has been a big roll since mid February. The Wildcats are 13-0 SU and 10-3 ATS over their past 13 games played. In their opener, they defeated Texas Southern, but did not cover a 23.5-point spread. However, in their second game against Ohio State, the Wildcats covered a 10-point spread, winning by 15.
Arizona is No. 6 in the nation in shooting. Its leading scorer is Stanley Jackson a freshman forward.
Xavier is 19-5-2 ATS in its past 26 games in the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona is 14-4 against the spread in its past 18 games after a SU win with the OVER cashing in 7 of their past 10 games against teams from the Big East.