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NCAA Tournament Betting Pick & Prediction: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. UConn Huskies - March 23, 2023

March 22, 2023

The 8th-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks take on the 4th-seeded University of Connecticut Huskies Thursday night in the West Region of the Sweet 16 of the men's basketball championship inside the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They jump it up at 7:15 pm and the Huskies are a modest 3 1/2 point favorite in what looks to be a very entertaining clash.Arkansas Razorbacks Betting PreviewThe Razorbacks (22-13) have surprised some college hoops pundits with their recent run, which included a huge upset and shocking win over defending champions, top-seeded Kansas, 72-71 in the 2nd round. The Razorbacks really dug down deep and played a heck of a game and they made some key stops late and also connected on some huge buckets down the stretch.Arkansas plays solid defense and they shoot the ball well too. On offense, they are led byjunior guard Ricky Council IV who was outstanding against Kansas, as he scored a team-high 21 points and had some huge moments when it counted the most, He plays within himself and he also plays both ends of the floor and looks to get his teammates involved early and often. For the season, he averages around 16 points per game to pace all of his teammates. They shot 47% from the floor overall, including 31% from beyond the arc. Connecticut Huskies Betting PreviewThe Huskies (27-8) are a veteran team and they.  are not fazed by anyone. They advanced to this point by overwhelming 5th-seeded St. Mary's 70-55, in a game they were able to pull away in during the second half. They flexed their collective muscles in the 2nd half as their guards took over. But it was junior forward Adama Sanogo who stole the show with a performance for the ages as he ripped off a team-high 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-2 from the line and he also grabbed eight rebounds in the win. The Huskies drill around 47% from the floor including a solid 36% from beyond the arc and they have shown they have the talent to knock down shots in bunches. This could be one of those games were the guards get into the mix and they simply are too much to guard and defend. Also, do not be shocked if Sanogo has another monster game and goes off for 20 plus points in a win. Game Odds, Series Trends and Free PickThe Huskies are 4-1 in their last five games and 4-1 in their last five games against the spread and 8-6 in their road games against the number. The totals have gone over in one of their last five games and 12 of their last 19 games at home. The Razorbacks are 1-4 in their last five games and 2-3 in their last five games against the number and 6-8 in their road games against the number. The totals have gone over in three of their last five games and seven of their last 19 games at home.Persian Pick: Connecticut Huskies - 3 1/2