Arizona State guard Remy Martin (1) celebrates a 3-pointer against California during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. "We're going to come out and be ready to perform".
Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. At one point this season Arizona State was ranked inside the Top 5 nationally, but they really fell on some hard times and somehow found a way back into the tournament field. For ASU, this the last team they would want to face in the first round. Arizona State is a team that doesn't play great defensively.
Taking a closer look at the team, you'll see that Butler has top end talent. Fortunately, Syracuse was the best possible matchup they could have hoped for. Leading-scorers Shannon Evans II and Kodi Justice can both be unsafe from 3-point range and if they're on, it'll break Syracuse's zone. The Orange have lost four of their last six outings, and were taken out by North Carolina last week.
The Orange started 12-2 this season, with wins over Big Dance invitees Iona, Texas Southern, Buffalo and Virginia Tech, and the losses coming against Kansas and St. Bonaventure (in overtime). The committee consistently shows in the case of Syracuse that all you have to do to make the NCAA tournament is be in the ACC. A reserve on the 2016 Final Four team, the 6-foot-5 Howard is averaging 15.0 points and 5.0 assists per game.
Should the Orange advance, they will face the victor of the matchup between the region's No. 1 seed Mississippi State and 16th seeded Nicholls on Monday.
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How to Bet: Vegas now has Arizona as an 8-point favorite to win.
On the season, Buffalo basketball averages 84.8 points, 39.0 rebounds and 16.9 assists per game. They allowed just 62.2 points per game this season, good for fifth in Division I.
Texas Southern opened its season with an 0-13 SU road trip, facing plenty of far superior teams from power conferences over that stretch. "Just a roller coaster leading into Selection Sunday and just playing different scenarios out, the tension and the anxiety about wanting to be in this field and that we deserve to play". "People talk about us being 0-13". Sometimes an FBI investigation can totally tear a team apart and send them in the wrong direction, but I believe it is sending this team in the complete opposite direction. MA transfer Donte Clark (18.6 points) erupted for 41 points during one of Jefferson's absences and is averaging 23.6 points over the last five contests.
North Carolina Central returns to Dayton for the second consecutive year.