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2023 NCAA Tournament West Region: Grand Canyon and Arizona State in Action

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The West Region of the 2023 NCAA Tournament is set to take place Friday, March 17, at Ball Arena, and Arizona sports bettors can get a great promotion from Betfred towards Friday’s March Madness contests featuring Arizona instate teams Arizona State Sun Devils and Grand Canyon Antelopes.

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Grand Canyon Antelopes vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs 7:35 pm

Grand Canyon is a +15.5 underdog with a 156-point total when they meet the No. 3 seed, Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Phil’s Best Bet: Grand Canyon Over 156 (-110) BetFred

Gonzaga is the better team, has played a more demanding schedule, and with impact players like Julian Stawther alongside a veteran like Drew Timme makes them a brutal one-two punch to stop.

Timme leads the team in points and caroms per game, but Stawther is a smooth forward, draining 43% of his three-point attempts and snagging 5.9 boards per game.

The Bulldogs are the most efficient offense in the college game, according to Kenneth Pomeroy–Gonzaga led the West Coast Conference in numerous offensive categories, but they were 9th in free-throw shooting percentage.

The Antelopes have won six straight and captured the conference tournament crown. Grand Canyon ranks 97th in scoring and led the conference in offensive efficiency and effective field goal percentage.

The fun thing about this game? These teams are going to put points on the board Friday night. Neither side plays much defense–the Over was 25-8 throughout the Antelopes season and 19-13 to the Over for Gonzaga.

Both squads are good shooting teams from inside and outside the arc–both schools are good offensive rebounding sides with high assist-to-turnover ratios, low turnover rates, and above-average from the charity stripe. Play the Over 156 (-110) BetFred.

Phil’s Best Bet: Grand Canyon Over 156 (-110) BetFred

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. TCU Horned Frogs 10:05 pm

Arizona State is a +6 underdog with a 161-point total when they meet TCU Friday at 10:05 pm.

Phil’s Best Bet: Arizona State +6 (-110) BetFred

The Sun Devils finished 5th in the Pac-12 standings but were awarded a chance at a First-Four contest, and ASU buried the Nevada Wolfpack by 25 points Wednesday night.

Arizona State shot over 50% from the field and downtown in their blowout victory over Nevada, but those crazy shooting numbers were an aberration and not the rule for ASU. The Sun Devils were at or near the bottom of the conference in three-point, two-point, and free-throw rates.

TCU hasn’t played well recently and dropped seven of their final 11 games–leading scorer Mike Myles has struggled with a knee injury and failed to score his average in three of his last five. The Horned Frogs led the Big-12 in two-point shooting percentage and 10th from beyond the arc.

The Horned Frogs are dealing with the aftermath of starting center Eddie Lampkins’ pre-conference tourney departure from the team and accusing Head Coach Jamie Dixon of racial remarks directed towards Lampkin and other unnamed teammates.

The Sun Devils are going to cover the +6 on Friday. ASU is a defensive first squad finishing 2nd in the Pac-12, forcing turnovers, steals, and blocked shot percentage. They face a struggling TCU offense, with their top scorer riding the struggle bus and starting center leaving the team shrouded in controversy.

The Horned Frogs were 16-16 ATS this season and 2-3 ATS on a neutral court–-Dixon is an overrated head coach with a struggling team facing an ASU side with a 16-19 ATS mark but 5-2 ATS on a neutral court. Take Arizona State to cover the +6 (-110) at BetFred.

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