The West Regional presented few surprises as the two top teams from that side of the bracket battle for a ticket to Texas Saturday. Check out our betting news and notes for the West Regional final. No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No. 1 Arizona Wildcats (-3, 130) If Arizona hopes to live up to its seed and advance out of Anaheim, Calif., to the Final Four, it had better hope its half-court game is in good order. Wisconsin (29-7 SU, 20-16 ATS) didn’t allow a single fastbreak point in its 69-52 rout Baylor. In fact, Wisconsin has gone a game-and-a-half without giving up a fastbreak point, shutting down Oregon in the final 20 minutes of a Round of 32 victory. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that Wisconsin has been a dominating force in the paint during the NCAA tournament, with much of the credit going to gangly 7-foot-center Frank Kaminsky. The Badgers have outscored their three NCAA foes in the lane by a combined 92-54, helping them win and cover in all three games. In Thursday’s bouncing of Baylor, Kaminsky had 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and was key in hassling the Bears near the basket, with six blocked shots. Arizona coach Sean Miller continues to prove he’s worth backing anytime he’s leading the better-seeded team – at least straight up, if not against the spread. In 10 years as a head coach (Xavier, Arizona), Miller has never lost SU to a worse-seeded team in the NCAA tournament. He’s 3-0 this year (1-2 ATS), his seventh trip to the Big Dance, after Thursday’s 70-64 victory over No. 4 seed San Diego State as a 7.5-point favorite.
NCAA West Regional betting news and notes: Wisconsin wipes out fastbreak
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