With March Madness on the horizon, the Wildcats are considered one of the top contenders for the men’s title in Arizona sports betting.

As March Madness Approaches, Wildcats Among Arizona Sports Betting Men’s Title Favorites
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Arizona sports bettors are filled with high hopes for the inaugural year of the Tommy Lloyd era in Tucson.

The Wildcats, with a record of 26-3, triumphed over the USC Trojans with a 91-71 win in Los Angeles, clinching the team’s first Pac-12 regular-season championship in four years.

Arizona is aiming to make it to the Final Four for the first time in more than 20 years and win their second national championship, a goal they have not achieved in 25 years.

As the Ides of March draw near, here is a breakdown of the Wildcats’ current position in the national championship odds for college basketball.

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Wildcats are the second pick after Gonzaga.

The second most popular choice for NCAA title odds among the leading sports betting apps in Arizona is consistently Lloyd’s group.

The Wildcats are currently in second place at BetMGM Arizona (+600), Caesars Sportsbook Arizona (+750), DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona (+700), and FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona (+600).

The only site that ranks Arizona lower than second overall is TwinSpires Arizona, with the Wildcats listed at +750. Gonzaga is ahead at +350 and Kentucky is just behind at +700.

FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona is providing odds on the Wildcats’ likelihood of earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament (-900) and advancing to the Final Four (+155).

Lloyd’s team is currently ranked second, trailing behind his former head coach Mark Few and the Bulldogs, who are listed at -3500 and -115, respectively.

What is preventing Arizona from obtaining a No. 1 seed?

The Wildcats have two home games left in the regular season against Stanford on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Cal on Saturday at 3 p.m. before the Pac-12 tournament. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on March 13 at 4 p.m. on CBS.

Arizona has won 21 of their last 23 games against the Cardinal, including a convincing 85-57 victory over Stanford in Palo Alto earlier this year.

The Wildcats have had the upper hand in their recent games against the Golden Bears, coming out victorious in their last 10 matchups. Their most recent loss to Cal occurred on Jan. 23, 2016, in a narrow 74-73 defeat in Berkeley.

If Arizona can beat Stanford and Cal, they will have an 18-2 record in Pac-12 play, breaking the program record of 17 conference wins set in 1987-88, 1988-89, 1992-93, 1997-98, and 2002-03.

The Pac-12 expanded its conference schedule to 20 games in 2020, marking the first time in history that they have done so.

A men’s team in the Pac-12 conference has won 17 games in conference play, but the Stanford women’s team has accomplished this multiple times.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher brings over seven years of experience in sports and sports betting coverage in Arizona. He currently holds the position of lead writer at yengols.com, and has previously worked at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News.

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