The second semifinal of the 2023 Pac-12 Tournament will pit in-state rivals against one another. The Arizona State Sun Devils are still on the NCAA Tournament bubble, but could potentially change that with a win in this contest against the Arizona Wildcats. Here, we give you our best bets for this Arizona State vs Arizona showdown in Las Vegas.
Arizona State vs Arizona Betting Pick
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This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
Why Bet on Arizona:
✅ Arizona has a rest advantage working in their favor going into this game. They only had to play once this week at the Pac-12 Tournament, while Arizona State has played each of the last two nights leading up to this contest.
✅ These teams split their regular season series, but that is a little misleading. Arizona State needed a miracle heave at the buzzer to win on the road against the Wildcats, and Arizona really should have secured the sweep.
Arizona State Sun Devils: It All Comes Down to This
The Arizona State Sun Devils kept their season alive for the second straight night when they took down the USC Trojans on Thursday night. After that loss, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Sun Devils as his first team out of the tournament field, just outside of the field of 68. That makes this already significant Arizona State vs Arizona rivalry game even more important than usual for ASU.
Arizona State’s defense will be tested against the Wildcats, and Arizona State has to pass that test to avoid being put in jeopardy going toward Selection Sunday. ASU did manage to hold Arizona to 69 points in a loss in Tempe this season. But they also played an 89-88 game in Tucson, and the Sun Devils will need a defensive performance more similar to their first meeting to win here.
Arizona Wildcats: A Golden Opportunity to Crush Rivals
The Arizona Wildcats come into the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals with a golden opportunity on their hands. Not only can they make it to the conference tournament final and potentially set up a rematch with UCLA. But they can also drastically impact the chances of rival Arizona State making the NCAA Tournament.
The size of Arizona will be a huge advantage for them throughout this game. The duo of Azuolas Tubellis and Oumar Ballo can overwhelm just about any team, and bettors should look for them to do just that to help the Wildcats create separation in this semifinal.