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Pac-12 Champion Wildcats Meet Debutant Fighting Hawks

Allonzo Trier Arizona

The No. 2 Arizona Wildcats aim for a fourth straight victory when they battle No. 15 North Dakota on Thursday in March Madness first-round action at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Fighting Hawks ride a four-game win streak into their first-ever appearance at the big dance.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of Arizona's last 12 games as a favorite.
  • Arizona is 0-4 ATS in its last four games as a favorite of 16.5 points or more.
  • North Dakota is 6-0-1 ATS in its last seven games as an underdog.

The Wildcats claimed their second Pac-12 tournament championship in three years with last weekend’s 83-80 win over Oregon as 1.5-point underdogs. Arizona now looks to atone for last year’s 65-55 opening-round loss to Wichita State, but has failed to cover in six of its past eight first-round contests. 

North Dakota makes its first March Madness appearance after claiming the Big Sky tournament crown with a 93-89 overtime win over Weber State as 1.5-point chalk, lifting it to 10-1 SU in its past 11.

The Fighting Hawks are winless SU in five CIT appearances since joining Division I, but covered in four of those contests, including three ATS wins as double-digit underdogs.

North Dakota Fighting Hawks vs Arizona Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Arizona Wildcats bring a 30-4 record (18-15-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 22-9 Fighting Hawks, who are 17-9-2 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Arizona go 16-17-1 so far and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks go 16-12.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Arizona Wildcats and the No. 18-ranked North Dakota Fighting Hawks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and North Dakota is ranked No. 132 in NCAA basketball at 35.97 per game. Contrast that with Arizona's No. 93 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Arizona is the No. 184-ranked team in the country at 6.74 per game, while North Dakota rates No. 167 at 7.03 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

North Dakota earned a 93-89 victory over Weber State on Saturday, getting 28 points from Quinton Hooker at Reno Events Center.

Arizona got 23 points from Allonzo Trier en route to a 83-80 victory over Oregon on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.