Wright State has already won a game in this NCAA Tournament, beating Bryant in the First Four. Here, their chances of winning are slightly less than that Wednesday night game, as they take on the top seeded Arizona Wildcats in the first round of March Madness. In our NCAA Tournament betting picks, we look at Wright State vs Arizona in a 1 vs. 16 matchup in the South Region.
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Wright State vs Arizona Betting Pick
This game will be played at Viejas Arena at 7:27 PM ET on Friday, March 18, 2022.
Why Bet On Arizona:
✅ Wright State likes to attack through the interior, with Grant Basile being a big part of that game plan. The problem is that Christian Koloko and the Wildcats will be waiting to contest him in a way that Bryant and the teams in the Horizon League are not capable of doing in this matchup. That will negatively impact the Raiders in a big way here.
✅ On a positive note, Kerr Kriisa is anticipated to be back for Arizona in the NCAA Tournament, after an injury in the Pac-12 tournament cast doubt upon his future this season. His shooting will help the Wildcats progress as scheduled in this game, especially with Wright State having to worry about all of the interior options for Arizona.
✅ Arizona is playing some high-level basketball right now, going through the Pac-12 tournament without a loss just last week. They should not need all of the weapons at their disposal to beat up on Wright State, but the consistency of this Arizona squad at every position will help them cover a big number here.
Wright State Raiders
Wright State has done phenomenally to make it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament, winning the Horizon League and then beating Bryant in the First Four. Against Bryant, the Raiders were able to use their size to stifle interior shots and get easy looks at the rim. Against the Arizona Wildcats, those options will not be available to them to say the least.
Wright State goes from being the team with the size to being the smaller team in this game, which is a huge problem for them. Without that size advantage, defenders will not have to come down and help on Grant Basile and the Wright State bigs, which will make things harder on their guards as well. This is simply just not a good matchup for Wright State, even by 1 vs. 16 game standards.
The Arizona Wildcats are expected by many to not just win this game against Wright State, but to go to the Final Four in New Orleans. To get there, though, the Wildcats will need to get through the Raiders in the first round, something they are expected to do without much trouble thanks in large part to their interior defense.
Wright State is still going to try and run its offense through Basile in the paint, as that is a lot of what they know from an offensive standpoint. Because of that, Arizona is going to need to defend without fouling and remain disciplined when contesting the Wright State big man, as foul trouble for the Wildcats’ bigs is the only real path to victory for Wright State here.