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The latest Elite Eight Odds for this game have the Huskies labeled as 2.5-point chalk over Arizona.
The Huskies are very talented and have made an incredible run thus far. Kemba Walker is one of the best players in the tournament and is making players around him step up to the challenge. Young players for the Huskies are maturing as the tournament evolves, including young Jeremy Lamb, who has become a scoring threat alongside Walker.
Lamb was 9-of-11 from the field and logged 30 minutes while contributing 24 points in the win over San Diego State. If the Huskies are able to retain their players for years to come, they have a dynasty in the making.
However, for this team, the March Madness stops here.
Arizona has the best player in the tournament in Derrick Williams, who looks like he is ready for the NBA right now. Williams posted 36 points in a upset win over Duke, with a combination of three-point shots and easy buckets down low.
The Huskies don’t have the size down low to match up with the endless line of big players the Wildcats have. For those who will argue that the Huskies did not have the size against the Aztecs, I will counter with this argument.
The Aztecs got into foul trouble early, and some of their best players sat out while the Huskies were lights out from the floor. UConn head coach Jim Calhoun mentioned at halftime of the Aztecs game that the Huskies would not win many more games by shooting long three-pointers.
Arizona had 35 rebounds against Duke, 13 offensive. They will have the same success against UConn and will get second-chance opportunities that will translate into a big win on the court.
The first upset in the Elite Eight is the Wildcats over the Huskies.
Elite Eight Pick: Arizona Wildcats (+2.5)