What Seed Will Arizona Wildcats Be In 2024 NCAA Men's Tournament?

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It was a mixed bag of a week for the Arizona Wildcats’ men’s basketball program across Arizona sports betting, with the Washington State Cougars snapping the Tucson program’s unbeaten home record on Thursday before Tommy Lloyd’s team shellacked Washington on Saturday afternoon to move to 21-6 for the year.

Thursday’s 77-74 McKale Center defeat at the hands of the red-hot Cougars came in large part because of a four-point play by Jaylen Wells in the waning seconds of the second half, allowing the visitors from Pullman to pull Washington State ahead of Arizona in the program’s first road win against an AP top 25 team since the 2007-08 season.  

After rebounding somewhat in a 91-75 rout of the Huskies, the Wildcats moved their Pac-12 record to 12-4, giving them a half-game lead over the Cougars in the conference title race with four contests left in the sport’s regular season.  

This week, Arizona heads to Tempe to play Arizona State on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. local time before the Wildcats return home to face Oregon on Saturday afternoon in the final McKale Center clash of the season.  

At the moment, oddsmakers from BetMGM Arizona give the Wildcats +1200 title odds, ranking Arizona fourth nationally behind UConn (+400), Houston and Purdue (+700) and ahead of Tennessee (+1300) and UNC (+1800).  

All year long, BetArizona.com will track Arizona’s seedings odds. These odds are not available at Arizona betting apps

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Odds Of Arizona Basketball's March Madness Seed

Seed Odds Pct. Chance
#1 Seed +15040%
#2 Seed +210 32.3%
#3 Seed +1900 5%
#4 Seed +3900 2.5%
Other +900 10%

For the moment, it seems like Arizona still has a slight edge over fellow power programs like Kansas and Tennessee for the fourth and final No. 1 seed in 2024, with ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently listing the Wildcats as the top seed in the West Region. Lunardi’s mock bracket has Arizona going up against the winner of the "First Four" showdown between South Dakota State and Grambling State, with the winner getting the 16th seed in the West region this year.  

With a win over either team, Arizona would go up against the winner of the 8-9 showdown between Texas and Boise State in Salt Lake City, with a chance at facing No. 4 seed Auburn, fifth seed Wisconsin, 12th seeded Richmond or 13 seed Appalachian State in the Sweet 16. 

Jerry Palm at CBS Sports, on the other hand, has already booted Arizona from the No. 1 seed line in his latest mock bracket, with UNC taking over as the top team in the West while the Wildcats face off against 15th seeded Eastern Washington in the first round of his field.  

Regardless of where the Wildcats go next month in the Big Dance, they has a hard task ahead of them as they take on their in-state rivals mid-week before rebounding quickly to host a red-hot Oregon team that’s looking to play its way into the field of 68 on Saturday afternoon in Tucson.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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