The Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils have been known to appear in the NCAA Tournament from time to time. But last season both teams fell short of making it. With the season tipping off this week, we take a look at how both Arizona teams will do this year and the betting odds of them making it to March Madness.
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University Of Arizona Wildcats
The University of Arizona said goodbye to their coach of 12 years, Sean Miller. Now, former Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd steps in. Lloyd has had a successful career thus far and is looking to lead the Wildcats to a tournament appearance. The last time the Wildcats made the tournament was during the 2017-2018 season.
Things didn’t go so well for the Wildcats last season finishing fifth in the Pac-12 with a 17-9 record. But with the return of some of the team’s best, we can expect Arizona to do much better this season.
Wildcats To Watch
The Wildcats’ roster will be without a couple of big names this year with James Akinjo transferring to Baylor and Jemarl Baker Jr. transferring to Fresno State. Arizona is now looking to start a new winning era with a young team.
Sophomore Kerr Kriisa from Estonia will return after being cleared to play in February. He can expect much more playing time at the point-guard position.
Benedict Mauthrin had a big freshman year at Arizona and is looking to improve even more this year. He is known for his long wingspan and averaging 10.8 points per game and 4.8 rebounds.
Another player who had a big freshman year was 6’11 Azuolas Tubelis. He returns this year after averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. Not only can he block, but he can also hit jump shots from the perimeter, making him a dual-threat.
Arizona College Basketball Odds
|Arizona College Basketball Odds||Odds By DraftKings|
|To Win Pac-12||+700|
|To Make It To Final Four||+1200|
|To Win Tournament||+6000|
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Arizona State Sun Devils
The Sun Devils lost a few star players, but are welcoming nine new talented players. Bobby Hurley is back to coach the team and hopes to improve after a disastrous season last year. The Devils finished 9th in the division with an 11-14 record.
Sun Devils To Watch
Josh Christopher left ASU to join the NBA, Remy Martin transferred to Kansas, and Alonzo Verge Jr. transferred to Nebraska. But with those empty spots on the roster gives the opportunity for some fresh blood to come to ASU.
Jay Heath comes from Boston College where he was shooting 41.2 percent from the field. At 6’3, Heath can attack the rim and averaged 14.5 points in his last 19 games.
Another top scorer, lead guard D.J. Horne, transferred from Illinois State where he was averaging 15.1 points per game.
One of the most valuable additions to ASU is Marreon Jackson from Toledo. He took home the MAC Player of the Year award last year and is absolutely phenomenal in the backcourt. At 6’1, the shining star is averaging 18.1 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. The crafty basketball player also comes with a stunning 99.3 defense rating.
In addition to these new players, some notable Sun Devils will also be returning. Senior Kimani Lawrence was shooting 52.1 percent from the field and averaged 8.1 points per game. After withdrawing from the NBA Draft, Marcus Bagley will return and averaged 10.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds. He is known to suffer from ankle and calf injuries, but if he can stay healthy, he can be another top scorer this year. Junior Jalen Graham also returns, who led the team in offensive rebounds last year with 37 and shot 55.1 percent from the field.
Arizona State College Basketball Odds
|Arizona State College Basketball Odds||Odds By DraftKings|
|To Win Pac-12||+3500|
|To Make It To Final Four||+2500|
|To Win Tournament||+15000|