The opening year of the Tommy Lloyd era in Tucson has been a historic one, with the Arizona Wildcats finding themselves among the favorites to win the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball title.
The 19-2 Wildcats have fast become a favorite of Arizona sports betting apps, thanks to their high-scoring offense that ranks fourth nationally in points per game (84.9).
Arizona enters Monday night’s clash with in-state rival Arizona State on a three-game winning streak that includes a 67-56 victory over the Sun Devils on Jan. 29. The Wildcats also have wins over nationally ranked UCLA (76-66) and USC (72-63) in the last four days.
The Wildcats and Sun Devils square off in Tempe at 7 p.m. Arizona time Monday on FOX Sports 1.
Wildcats Among NCAA Title Favorites
The Wildcats’ rapid start has enabled the team to ascend as a national title college basketball betting favorite.
Arizona currently finds itself anywhere from fifth (FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona) to eighth (DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona) in national title odds.
The Wildcats’ best championship odds are at FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona and BetMGM Arizona, which have Arizona at +1000 to win it all.
The oddsmakers at Unibet Arizona have Arizona at +1300, while Caesars Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona have the Wildcats at +1400.
Arizona’s lone title in men’s basketball came in 1997. The Wildcats also advanced to the Final Four in 1988, 1994, and 2001.
Wildcats Heavy Favorites to Sweep Sun Devils
Arizona sportsbooks expect the Wildcats to have little difficulty earning the program’s fourth-straight win over the 7-13 Sun Devils on Monday night.
The lowest spread is -11.5 at BetMGM Arizona. Caesars Sportsbook Arizona, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona, FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona, and Unibet Arizona all list Arizona at -12 despite the Sun Devils 87-84 three overtime win over then No. 3 UCLA last Saturday.
As far as moneyline wagers, the Wildcats are anywhere from -950 at Unibet Arizona to -800 at DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona.
Arizona is 85-64 (.570) all time against Arizona State, with seven wins in the programs’ last 10 matchups dating back to 2017.
The Wildcats’ last loss to the Sun Devils came on Jan. 25, 2020, when ASU pulled out a 66-65 win. Last year, Arizona swept ASU, 84-82 and 80-67.