5 Arizona Wildcats (29-7) vs. No. 1 Duke Blue Devils (32-4)NCAAB Point Spread: Duke -9 O/U 145By: Barrett Kazmerzack of Coopers Pick CALL NOW 1-888-730-COOPDuke got a bit of a scare in their last tourney game and now they face an Arizonateam that has squeaked by both of their games in the Big Dance. The BlueDevils are the defending champs and even though Arizona’s star did not playgreat in the last game they are a scrappy team that has already exceededexpectations for the season so they really have nothing to lose.To get to the Sweet 16 Duke beat Michigan 72-70 and Arizona got by Texas 70-69.For Arizona it is all about potential top NBA draft pick Derrick Williams, who leadsthe Wildcats in both scoring and rebounds. He is a stud forward and has madethe game winner in both tourney games, but in the win over Texas he was thehigh scorer for Zona with 17 points even though he was only 4/14 from the fieldand he missed all of his 3-pt bombs. Not only that, but the Wildcats’ 2
leadingscorer is Lamont Jones and he had a grand to total of 0 points in the Teas win.Arizona’s Solomon Hill and reserve G Jordin Mayes combined to average 13.1ppg on the season and they combined to score 32 points against Texas. TheWildcats will likely not win unless Williams has a big game and he gets help nomatter if who it is from.Williams not only needs help on offense, but on the boards as well since Dukeranks 26
in the nation in rebounds per game while Arizona only ranks 193
.Duke has a solid inside-outside game with guards Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving,who combined for 35 points in the win over Michigan and the F duo of KyleSingler and Mason Plumlee. Singler and Plumlee may be the key guys thatArizona has to worry about, as Arizona does not have much inside defensebesides Williams. The one thing that the Wildcats have going for them is thatthey are a very athletic team and they have to use their athleticism to playswarming defense, create turnovers, and get easy points off the fast break.Arizona did not cover the spread in their opening Big Dance game, but they didcover against Texas. They are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games and in 3 of their last 4 games the posted total has gone Under. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.Duke is 1-1 ATS in the NCAA Tournament covering in the first round, but notagainst Michigan. They have only covered the spread 3 times in their last 10games. The Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.