Sweet 16 Over/Under Total Plays

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We got the first and second rounds of March Madness out of the way and now face the Sweet 16. Definitely an off week as far as totals are concerned but were ready to come back strong this week with some big time wins! There are 4 games scheduled for Thursday, 4 games on Friday, and we are going to give out four plays on the totals. Without any further delay, let’s jump right in and get our hands dirty on some NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Totals.

Xavier Musketeers vs. Arizona Wildcats

The first game I am looking at for our Top Total Plays for Thursday is Xavier and Arizona. The majority of the public is going to jump on the under here because Xavier has been playing tough defense in the tournament against Maryland and Florida State but what they are failing to realize is both of those teams are young and not very disciplined. That won’t be the issue with a Sean Miller coached Arizona Wildcat team.

Outside of the tournament, the Musketeers are allowing teams to score an average of 71 points per game. Arizona will easily surpass that as they are averaging just under 77 points per game and 85 points per game in the tournament. Arizona opened up the tournament putting up triple digits against North Dakota, winning by the score of 100-82. In their follow up game, they played a much slower pace, respectfully against one of the top defensive teams in St. Mary’s, who rank 2nd in the entire NCAA with points allowed per game.

This game has big scoring all over it and I think ends up being one of the best total plays of the Sweet 16! I think Arizona will win the game and score in the upper 90’s by themselves. Play The Over!

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Kansas Jayhawks

The next game we like on Thursday is the 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks taking on the 4 seed Purdue Boilermakers. Kansas made it to the Sweet 16 by defeating UC Davis in a game where they put up 100 points by the score of 100-62 and then went on to beat Michigan State by the score of 90-70.

Purdue also put up some hefty points in terms of the Boilermakers averages scoring 80 points in both games in the NCAA tournament. They defeated Vermont 80-70 and beat Iowa State 80-76. Kansas has the 15th ranked offense and average 83.2 points per game but their defense has been suspect, as they allow their opponents to score an average of 72.1 points per game. They have played much better in the tournament but their average is still 176th in the NCAA. Purdue has the 35th ranked scoring offense in the NCAA and average 80.1 points per game. This game should be high scoring as neither team particularly stops opposition. Play The Over!

UCLA Bruins vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Clear your schedule, make sure your “Honey-Do List” is completed by 9:30 PM ET and tune your TV to CBS as two of the fastest paced teams in the NCAA are playing against each other in one of the highest total games of the Sweet 16. UCLA Bruins are taking on the Kentucky Wildcats in a game with a total currently set at 165.5.

UCLA is the top rated offense in the NCAA, averaging 90.2 points per game. They are led by freshman sensation Lorenzo Ball, who is averaging 14.7 points per game, 7.6 assists per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. He is playing to show why he should be the #1 lottery pick, in a game that features countless lottery picks in the game!

Kentucky is the 9th rated offense in the NCAA, averaging 85.2 points per game. They play a fast pace game and they force teams to run the court. In the first game against UCLA, the Wildcats had 5 players in double digit scoring.

These two played each other back in December and the game not only went over, but they put up a total of 189 points! They are the two highest scoring teams left in the NCAA Tournament. This game doesn’t stand much of a chance of being low scoring as both teams can light up the scoreboard. Play The Over!

Baylor Bears vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

The second game we are looking at this week is a battle between the Baylor Bears and the South Carolina Gamecocks. The total for this game is set at 135 but when you look at this game on paper, it makes you scratch your head wondering why?

South Carolina showed that all though they are known for their defense, when they need to score, they can score points in bunches! In the game vs. Duke, they scored 24 points in the first half and trailed by 6 at halftime. They came back in the second half and put up 65 points, which is nearly 2.5 times the amount of the first half. They are led by Sindarius Thornwell, who is averaging 21.4 points per game.

Baylor has been smoking hot and in their game against USC, they shot over 50% from the floor. Baylor is led by Jonathan Motley, who put up a double double in the game against the Trojans, scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Motley is averaging 17.3 points per game and is a force under the basket pulling down just under 10 rebounds per game.

These two teams are playing excellent basketball right now and scoring points by the handful! South Carolina is averaging 73.1 points per game but in the NCAA tournament, they have scored 93 and 88 points. The Baylor Bears are averaging 73.5 points per game but in the NCAA tournament, they have scored 91 and 82 points. The total in this game is very underestimated! Play The Over!