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NCAA Tournament Preview: Arizona vs. Texas (3/20/2011)

WILDCATS: Arizona has been playing in some exciting finishes of late, as each of their last 3 games have been decided by 3 points or fewer. Most recently, the Wildcats edged Memphis 77-75 in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are 28-7 SU and 17-15-1 ATS overall this season. Arizona will have quite a test today, as they face a team that has the inside presence to combat all world F Derrick Williams. The Wildcats have a history of excellence against Texas, as they've won the past 7 meetings between the two dating back to 1997. The Wildcats are 11-7 SU and 10-7-1 ATS in games played away from their home floor this season. Arizona is 4-4 ATS as the listed underdog this year. Williams is the potential overall #1 pick if he decides to go the NBA next season. Williams is averaging team highs of 19.2 PPG and 8.2 RPG for Arizona this season. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. Arizona is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. Arizona is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.

Wildcats are 10-1 ATS last 11 games against the Big 12 Conference. Over is 7-0 last 7 NCAA Tournament games as the listed underdog.

LONGHORNS: (-6, O/U 139) Texas seems to be rounding into form after a midseason slump. The Longhorns have won 4 of their last 5 games, with their lone loss coming against Kansas. Texas won a high scoring affair against Oakland 85-81 SU in their opening round game of the NCAA Tournament. That high scoring game will serve them well as they square off against the PAC-10 Champions today. Texas is 28-7 SU and an even more impressive 20-10 ATS this season. The Longhorns are 12-5 both SU and ATS in games played away from their home court this season. Texas is 7-5 ATS as a single digit favorite this season. The Longhorns average 40.5 RPG, 5th most in the nation this year. Texas will have to dominate the glass again today in order to beat the efficient Wildcats offense. F Jordan Hamilton is averaging a team high 18.7 PPG for the Longhorns this season. F Tristan Thompson has been dominant of late, and he's averaging 13.4 PPG and a team high 7.9 RPG this season. The Longhorns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. Texas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Longhorns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite of up to 6.5 points. Texas is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. The Longhorns are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games.

Longhorns are 13-6 ATS last 19 games following a SU win. Over is 7-0 last 7 NCAA Tournament games.

Injuires: G Cory Joseph (mouth) is probable.

Projected Score: Texas 71, Arizona 63

Related reading: Texas/Arizona game preview [Big 12 Hoops]

Topics: CBB Texas arizona

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