We’ve got our dancing shoes on once again here at Cappers Info, and that means that it’s time for the NCAA Tournament picks to continue. Our next set of March Madness Bracket Predictions take us to the West Region, where the #14 Harvard Crimson and the #6 Arizona Wildcats meet in the Third Round.
West Region Picks: #14 Harvard Crimson vs. #6 Arizona Wildcats
Date: Saturday, March 23rd, 6:10 ET
West Region Location: Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Harvard vs. Arizona Live on TV: TNT
Third Round Betting Lines
#14 Harvard Crimson +9.5
#6 Arizona Wildcats -9.5
Harvard has become the sweetheart of this tournament after just one day. The Crimson wrapped up the night by kicking the Mountain West champs and the No. 2 RPI team in the nation, the New Mexico Lobos to the curb. Harvard shot 22-of-42 from the field, and it ultimately knocked down seemingly every massive shot that it had to make to win the game. Here’s what we aren’t all that sure about, though. The Crimson were dominated on the boards by C Alex Kirk and the Lobos, who ultimately put together a +6 rebounding edge, +10 of which came on the offensive glass. The Crimson turned the ball over 13 times, which was a lot considering the fact that they only put up 42 total shots from the field. Arizona was able to dispose of one mid-major team hoping to pull off some miracles when it took care of the Belmont Bruins in relatively easy fashion, and this will surely be the second one in the event that the team plays as well as it did in its first game of the dance. Everything flat out worked for the Wildcats, as they played great perimeter defense to hold the Bears down to just 8-of-27 shooting from long range, and they won the battle on the glass 42-15. We aren’t so sure that the final margin is going to be that devastating in the rebounding battle, but we do think that the lanky defense that Head Coach Sean Miller brings to the table is going to ultimately give fits to the Crimson. Harvard was a nice story for one night, but its flame is about set to be put out by a hungry Arizona team out of a Pac-12 conference that had a heck of a first day in the dance.
Harvard vs. Arizona Free Pick: Arizona Wildcats -9.5
Harvard vs. Arizona Predictions: Arizona 73 – Harvard 61