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Latest Sweet Sixteen Odds: Connecticut -1 over San Diego Sate
The Connecticut Huskies are arguably the hottest team in the country. They ran through the Big East by winning five games in five nights to win the conference championship and have easily defeated their first two opponents to advance in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies will not get an intriguing battle in the second round as they battle the No. 2 Seed, the San Diego Aztecs.
The Aztecs have a very good team and should have a home court advantage with the venue of Anaheim, CA. D.J. Gay leads the point and will get the difficult assignment of guarding UConn superstar, Kemba Walker. Chase Tapley and Billy White will also take turns guarding the superstar. There is an injury question surrounding Walker, as he fell hard on his wrist in the game against Cincinnati. Although he continued to play, this could become a factor if it bothers him.
Stopping Walker is the ultimate goal for any of the Huskies' opponents, but he had a poor performance against Cincinnati, and the Huskies still won going away. The offense may be run by Walker, but this team is evolving and has more than one threat on the floor.
If the Aztecs have an edge, it’s in their athletic front court that is difficult to match up with. Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas should have little opposition down low, and that will help in cleaning the glass and second-chance baskets.
The Aztecs are 20-8-1 against the spread in their last 29 games against a team with a winning record, and the Huskies are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5. The run stops here for the Huskies. The Aztecs will use their frontcourt size and the home court edge to get to the Elite Eight.
Sweet Sixteen Pick: San Diego State (+1)