Arizona Wildcats Odds to Win the 2015 NCAA Tournament with Picks and Predictions
by George Monroy - 3/2/2015
The Arizona Wildcats seem to have found their stride after slow start to the college basketball season and are now in a position to win the Pac-12 title and grab a No. 1 seed heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats suddenly jumped near the top of the national title odds picture after a surprising loss by Wisconsin and a few lackluster performances from the other top schools in the nation.
Last season Arizona produced the most efficient defense in all of college basketball, and surprisingly, after a few key losses is even better this year. Coach Sean Miller has his team playing lights out on the defensive end, which could be the biggest key to making another deep postseason run. Let's take a closer look at Arizona's 2015 national title odds with predictions and analysis.
2015 Arizona Wildcats National Title Storylines
Arizona's calling card this season has been on the boards. The squad currently allows the fewest offensive rebounds in the nation and has four players who average five or more rebounds a game this season. Junior forward Brandon Ashley continues to be a revelation for the team, averaging 11 points and five rebounds a night. He seems to have improved as a player after last year's broken leg right before the NCAA Tournament put a crushing end his sophomore campaign.
The Wildcats are coming off a 27-point blowout over Washington State where they allowed only 19 first-half points and dominated the matchup from the opening tip off. Overall, Arizona has relied on an inside game and post presence while staying away from perimeter basketball, where the team has struggled to score all season. Arizona's freshman Stanley Johnson may be a star in the making and has led the team in scoring with 14 points a night.
2015 Arizona Wildcats National Title Odds and Trends
Arizona is currently receiving the third-best national title odds at +1200, according to Sportsbook.ag, and recently leapfrogged both Duke and Virginia. The Wildcats have been a spectacular ATS team and currently have an 18-11 overall record and 10-5 home mark. They have also leaned slightly toward the "under," staying below their posted total in 16 of 29 matchups on the year. Arizona is also the top-ranked rebounding team in the nation, averaging nearly 25 boards per game.
2015 Arizona Wildcats National Title Odds and Predictions
Arizona has an experienced squad after returning multiple players from last year's deep tournament run and may be a better team in multiple areas. The biggest key for success in the tournament will be how freshmen forward Johnson performs during the postseason. The young player has been inconsistent throughout the year and tends to follow spectacular performances with horrible ones the very next game.
Arizona is in a position to win the Pac-12 title and grab another No. 1 seed, which makes its national title odds particularly attractive. The team is probably on course for another Elite Eight run, and once Arizona has gotten that deep anything is possible. Wagering on the Wildcats is a solid bet as they are one of the squads on my short list to win the 2015 national title.
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