The Arkansas Razorbacks have been considered as among the dark horses to win the 2022 NCAA Tournament. They have a chance to prove that this coming Thursday as they take on the overall No. 1 seed in the form of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who were heavily tested in the second round. Will Arkansas pull off the upset win? Or will Gonzaga remain alive? Check out our preview below of this Arkansas-Gonzaga 2022 March Madness game.
Betting Preview for the Arkansas Razorbacks vs Gonzaga Bulldogs NCAA College Basketball Game on March 24 2022
Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
When: Thursday, March 24, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Arkansas Razorbacks (odds)
Record: 27-8 Overall/13-5 Conference
For the second year in a row, the Razorbacks have clinched a spot in the Sweet Sixteen round after they took down the New Mexico State Aggies in the second round Saturday, 53-48. JD Notae led Arkansas in the Aggies game with 18 points, while Jaylin Williams had 10 points and 15 rebounds. It was also the way Arkansas defended that helped the team survive New Mexico State. The Razorbacks held the Aggies to just 34 percent shooting from the field and 39.6 effective field goal percentage. Williams will have work cut out for him in the Sweet Sixteen as he will be battling with Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren down low, but the Razorbacks also have great perimeter defenders who can deny passing lanes and force bad shots from opposing wings. Notae is a great two-way player and Au’Diese Toney is coming off a stellar defensive performance, having contained Aggies bucket-getter Teddy Allen. The Razorbacks are 13th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, as well.
Arkansas is 5-4-1 against the spread in its last 10 games overall.
Betting on the Gonzaga Bulldogs (odds)
Record: 28-3 Overall/13-1 Conference
Gonzaga got a scare in the second round, as it battled back from a 10-point halftime deficit to score an 82-78 win over Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers Saturday night. Fortunately for the Zags, they have Drew Timme and Andrew Nembhard to save the day. Timme finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Nembhard had 23 points on the strength of 5/10 shooting from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Chet Holmgren scored just nine points but held his own defensively with four blocks. The speed that Gonzaga played in the second half was incredible to watch and how the Bulldogs were able to sustain that pace even with Holmgren and Timme on the floor was a huge flashing warning sign to anyone who’s going to meet them. The Bulldogs own the best offense in the nation with 122.2 points per 100 possessions and that’s with a fifth-ranked tempo (72.4 possessions per 40 minutes).
The Over is 3-0 in Gonzaga’s last three games overall.
Gonzaga wins, 80-70.
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