Mar 21, 2024 - News

Betting odds say Wildcats are championship contenders in March Madness

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UofA's Oumar Ballo and Keshad Johnson celebrate at last week's Pac-12 Tournament. Photo: David Becker/Getty Images

Betting on the Arizona Wildcats in March Madness? The odds are at least somewhat in your favor.

The big picture: ESPN, FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM list Arizona, the 2-seed in the NCAA tournament's West region, as the fourth best bet to win the national championship.

  • And FanDuel lists the Cats as the favorite to reach the Final Four from the West region — which would have them playing on college basketball's biggest stage here in the Valley.
  • UofA plays its first-round game against 15-seed Long Beach State today at 11am.

Between the lines: Arizona is the third highest scoring team in college basketball this season.

  • They have Pac-12 Player of the Year Caleb Love, who scores 18.1 points per game.
  • They give up a lot of points to opponents, but their scoring differential of 15.6 points per game is fifth best in the NCAA.

Meanwhile, 12-seed Grand Canyon University is a popular pick in some quarters to upset 5-seed Saint Mary's in the first round.

  • Keep an eye on Lopes star Tyon Grant-Foster, who's one of the country's top scorers at 19.8 per game.
  • GCU plays Friday at 7:05pm.

What they're saying: The Cats can make it to the Final Four, The Athletic wrote, but it depends on their guard duo of Love and Kylan Boswell.

  • The team in general, and Love in particular, can be erratic.

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