Arizona vs Princeton Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 16 NCAA Tournament Game (Don't Expect Big Upset)

Arizona vs Princeton Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 16 NCAA Tournament Game (Don't Expect Big Upset)


Arizona vs Princeton Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
  • No. 8 Arizona (28-6) vs. Princeton (21-8)
  • Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
  • Time: 4:10 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Golden 1 Center -- Sacramento, California
  • Coverage: TNT

The 2023 NCAA Tournament continues on Thursday with an exciting Round of 64 matchup between the No. 15 Princeton Tigers and No. 2 Arizona Wildcats. Princeton is back in the Big Dance for the first time since 2017, while Arizona is making its eighth appearance in the last nine NCAA tournaments.

Princeton enters as a victor in five of its last six games after taking down Yale by a score of 74-65 to win the Ivy League title. Meanwhile, Arizona has now won six of its last eight games thanks to a 61-59 victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship game.

Which team will come out on top on Thursday? Let's dig in.

Arizona vs Princeton Odds & Spread

Arizona enters this contest as a massive favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 4:10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 154.5 points, which is above average compared to Thursday's projected totals.

Arizona vs Princeton Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, Arizona is 18-16-0 this season.
  • Against the spread as 13.5-point favorites or more, the Wildcats are 5-6.
  • Out of 34 Arizona's games so far this year, 18 have gone over the total.
  • Princeton has covered the spread 15 times in 27 games.
  • There have been 16 Princeton games (out of 27) that went over the total this year.
Arizona Rank Arizona AVG Princeton AVG Princeton Rank
4th 82.7 Points Scored 76 78th
224th 71.5 Points Allowed 68.6 134th
11th 36.1 Rebounds 35.8 15th
156th 8.8 Off. Rebounds 8.7 165th
55th 8.6 3pt Made 8.5 62nd
2nd 19.2 Assists 13.4 150th
292nd 13.1 Turnovers 11.9 185th

Arizona vs Princeton Prediction & Pick

Princeton's offense is centered around Tosan Evbuomwan, who is averaging a reliable 15.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists on the year. The versatile big man (6-foot-8, 217 pounds) would've given the Tigers a chance at earning an upset in the right matchup, but Arizona is far from the right matchup.

The Wildcats are strong in size with Oumar Ballo (7-foot) and Azuolas Tubelis (6-foot-11) guarding the paint on every possession. Taking away Princeton's top offensive threat would give Arizona a chance to run away in this one, as it ranks 11th in average scoring margin this season (+11.2) for a reason.

The Wildcats have won 13 of their last 15 games as a favorite, so trust Arizona to avoid a big upset.

Final Score Prediction: Arizona: 87 | Princeton: 70

Arizona vs Princeton Best Bet

Arizona needs to make sure it isn't looking past Princeton here, but it is worth noting the Wildcats are in the same region as offensive powerhouses like Alabama and Baylor. Finding an offensive groove as early as possible will be crucial to building momentum. Early shooting woes would be concerning.

Look for the Wildcats to come out firing as a reult and never take their foot off the gas pedal. They are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games overall and have tallied an impressive 19 wins by a double-digit margin this year. Head coach Tommy Lloyd will have his boys ready to go on Thursday.

Bet: Arizona Wildcats -14.5 (-110)

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