March Madness - NCAA hoops odds preview - Arizona State vs. Texas
|Arizona State Sun Devils||Texas Longhorns|
|21-11||March 20, 2014, 09:40 | Bradley Center||23-10|
No. 7 Texas will be up against No. 10 Arizona State on Thursday in NCAA Tournament betting action as those two schools hit the hardwood together in Midwest Region action.
Texas has struggled to a 2-6 ATS mark in its past eight games, and they remained slight favorites on the March Madness betting odds menu earlier this week at Bovada. The total was being bet down from an open of 145 to 142 by Tuesday afternoon at Bovada.
Texas is 14-2 SU this season when favored while Arizona State is 2-8-1 ATS in its past 11 games as underdogs. Overall, Texas is 0-4 ATS in its past four tournament games.
Odds Shark computer pick - 78.3-76.4 Sun Devils
The Sun Devils will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 14-15-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Longhorns are 15-15 ATS. Arizona State is 11-19 against the total, while Texas is 15-15 versus the number.
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Longhorns at No. 176 and the Sun Devils at No. 210 heading into this contest.
Arizona State was a 79-58 loser in their most recent outing at home against Stanford. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Arizona State was run off the court by the Cardinal on Thursday as Stanford routed them 79-58 at MGM Grand.
Texas was an 86-69 loser in their most recent outing at home against Baylor. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Texas got 16 points from Isaiah Taylor but lost anyway, 86-69, to Baylor on Friday at Sprint Center.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas's No. 66 nationally ranked offense (74.12 points per game) against a Sun Devils defense that sits as the No. 113 at 68.88 PPG. The Longhorns have been averaging 43.09% from the field, less than the Sun Devils have managed so far this season (45.04% on average).
A few Sun Devils at Longhorns trends to consider:
Arizona State is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Arizona State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona State's last 9 games
Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Texas is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games