|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABThe Arizona Wildcats and Connecticut Huskies come into their meeting tonight with a strong NCAA tournament history of success behind them.
Combined, they account for 18 appearances in the Elite Eight, seven in the Final Four, and three NCAA championships. But only one team will walk out of the Honda Center in Anaheim as winners tonight.
Despite dealing with a number of issues and an investigation by the NCAA into recruiting violations that led to an unimpressive season last year, the Huskies have been blazing this season. Most of that is due to their explosive scoring scorer, Kemba Walker, who has been averaging 27.1 points per game since the Big East Tournament.
But Walker is not the only talent on this young Uconn team. He is joined by Jeremy Lamb's perimeter shooting, and Alex Oriakhi's rebounding skills. In fact, Kemba is the veteran performer on a team that is still young, but starting to realize some of its true potential. But really, tonight will be a battle of stars, as Arizona has one of their own.
And that star's name is Derrick Williams, who may be the most talented player in college basketball right now. In fact, he may be one of the best performances of any player in the NCAA tournament, and his Sweet Sixteen game had a .794 scoring efficiency. Compare that with BYU's Jimmer Fredette's .431 in their loss to Florida.
NCAA odds are giving this one to Uconn, who are 2.5 point favorites to win. The total is set at 146.5. The key to winning tonight will be hitting the boards, and either getting second looks or denying the other team second chances. Also, Arizona's deep bench will have to show up to play in order to get the win against the talented Huskies.
Both teams will have to rely on their supporting players to win, but the nation will be focusing on this battle between two of the NCAA's brightest stars.