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Texas vs Arizona Madness Betting Preview

Texas escaped the first round and looks to put past tourney failures behind them by advancing to the Round of 16 over Arizona today.

The West Region game finds the Longhorns favored by 6 points at Bovada and other shops. The total sits around 139.

Arizona's Derrick Williams can control this game but Texas owns the edges at most other positions and in coaching. If the scores predictor is right, Arizona will cover the spread.

View Arizona vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Texas in this one will find them as 5.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Longhorns, most recently No. 1 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wildcats, who rate No. 59 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 84-79 victory for the Longhorns.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 199 in NCAA hoops at 34.4 per game. Contrast that with Texas’s No. 6 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Texas is the No. 230-ranked team in the country at 5.7 per game, while Arizona rates No. 38 at 7.9 per game.

Defensively, Arizona features the nation's No. 182-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.8 points per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 49 nationally in scoring at home.

Arizona won its last outing, a 77-75 result against Memphis on March 18. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite.

Last time out for Texas, they were an 85-81 winner as they battled Oakland. They failed to cover in the match as a 10-point favorite.

Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 2-0
After a win are 8-2

Texas Longhorns Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Wildcats at Longhorns trends to consider:
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games
Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Arizona
Texas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Arizona