Sweet 16 – Arizona vs. Ohio State Free Pick: All eyes will be on the Midwest Region on Thursday night, where the most wide open bracket will be contested with two spots in the Elite Eight on the line. The first of the two games that we’ll make our Sweet 16 picks on is the clash between the heavy favorites to win the region, the Ohio State Buckeyes and one of the many upstarts, the No. 6 Arizona Wildcats. Tip time is set for 7:47 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on the March Madness TV schedule on TBS. The Buckeyes are laying 3 ½-points, while the ‘total’ has been opened at 134.

Most are going to be looking at the side of this game, knowing that Ohio State is one of the trendier picks to make. However, we think that the oddsmakers have this spread just about right, knowing that the Buckeyes are probably going to win a relatively close game. Instead, we’re going to look at the ‘total’ in this one. OSU did a really solid job keeping the pace of the game against Iowa State relatively slow for the full 40 minutes. The 153 points that were on the board in that one really aren’t indicative of the whole story. Now comes an Arizona team that could push the tempo, but is more likely to conform to what the Buckeyes are going to present to them. We think that points are going to be at a premium on Thursday. The ‘under’ is 20-8-1 in Arizona’s last 29 games against teams with winning percentages of at least .600. The ‘under’ was also 7-1 in Ohio State’s last eight conference games this year, and this one is going to feel a heck of a lot more like a conference game than anything else. Don’t be shocked if this one struggles to get into the 120s, let alone the 130s. Free Thursday College Basketball Pick: Take the Under 134

 

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