The Arizona Wildcats won big but still couldn’t cover the posted spread in their Round of 64 matchup as they prepare to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in a Round of 32 contest at the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Portland.
But beware an intriguing 2 vs 10 trend: 10 seeds have covered four in a row vs 2 seeds since 2011 and the Buckeyes get almost double digits from oddsmakers such as Bodog.
The No. 2 Wildcats topped No. 15 Texas Southern 93-72 in their opener on Thursday, but the Tigers came away with the ATS victory in that game as 23.5-point underdogs. No. 10 Ohio State came through as a double-digit seed in their tourney opener, using overtime to get past No. 7 VCU 75-72.
Ohio State won five straight Round of 32 games (all OVERs), but Arizona is 8-1 SU and ATS past nine Round of 32 games. The Wildcats have been tough as favorites, while the Buckeyes have slumped as underdogs.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Arizona Wildcats Odds and Stats.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to cover the spread vs the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, as the Buckeyes are 15-17-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wildcats are 22-13 ATS. Ohio State is 18-15 against the total, while Arizona is 16-19 versus the total betting line.
The Wildcats – Buckeyes odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Arizona is rated No. 1 in the current Odds – VSB
poll, while Ohio State is at No. 72.
How Ohio State Buckeyes vs Arizona Wildcats Stats Matchup
Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Arizona’s No. 16-ranked scoring average of 76.91 PPG, against a Ohio State Buckeyes defense rated No. 64 and allowing 62.68 PPG. The Arizona Wildcats FG% has averaged 49.27% to date this season, more than the Ohio State Buckeyes shooters have managed so far (48.58% per game).
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Buckeyes got a terrific 28-point effort from D’Angelo Russell as Ohio State defeated Virginia Commonwealth 75-72 on Thursday at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter.
The Wildcats blew out Texas Southern on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 93-72 win at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter.
Arizona vs Ohio State betting trends:
Arizona ended season on 12-0 SU, 9-3 ATS run
Arizona 13-4 ATS past 17 games as a favorite
Ohio State is 1-7 SU, 1-6-1 ATS past 8 as underdog
Ohio State won five straight Round of 32 games (all OVERs)
Arizona 8-1 SU and ATS past nine Round of 32 games
Arizona won and covered twice vs 10 seeds (2001, 1997)