The best March Madness betting sites favor UConn by seven points when the Tan Diego State Aztecs and UConn Huskies play each other on Monday in the NCAA college basketball National Championship game from NRG Stadium.
The San Diego State Aztecs (32-6 SU, 19-17-1 ATS) are going to make their first-ever appearance in the championship game on Monday night when they do battle with the Connecticut Huskies (30-8, 26-12) in this season’s NCAA national championship game.
The Aztecs reached the March Madness final with an exciting 72-71 buzzer-beating victory over Florida Atlantic in Saturday’s Final Four round. They are now riding a nine-game SU winning streak into Monday night’s game at NRG Stadium.
The Huskies secured the opportunity to earn their first national championship berth since 2014 with a convincing 72-59 win over the Miami Hurricanes in Saturday’s second game. They have now claimed a win by double-digits in each of their 5 wins thus far in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
San Diego State Aztecs vs. UConn Huskies Betting Info
|Date:||Monday, April 3rd, 2023|
|Time:||9:20 p.m. ET|
|Location:||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas|
San Diego State Aztecs vs. UConn Huskies Odds
San Diego State
|+7½ ( -110 )||132½ ( -110 )||+295|
|-7½ ( -110 )||132½ ( -110 )||-370|
Betting San Diego State Aztecs
The Aztecs are favored at the best betting sites. They have been keeping their fans on the edge of their seats en route to their first ever national championship game. The team required a buzzer-beater by Lamont Butler to culminate a rally from a 14-point deficit and seal the deal against the Owls.
That followed their tight 57-56 win against Creighton in the Elite Eight round that will be remembered due to a last-second free throw on a questionable foul call. FAU’s 71 points is the most points that the Aztecs have allowed in 10 games
That raises concerns as they are getting ready to face a Huskies offense that is firing on all cylinders. However, the defense regained its footing after the halftime break. They allowed just 11 points as they gained on FAU in the last 10 minutes.
Up in front, Matt Bradley delivered his biggest performance of the year. He scored 21 points and added six rebounds. That was a big turnaround for the senior after he went a total of 3-for-9 from the field in the two past two games.
The Aztecs defense had difficulties early on in Saturday’s win against the Owls, but it remains the team’s highest point and the foundation for their hopes of cutting down the nets come Monday night.
The team kept opposing teams to 40% or under from the field in their first 4 games of the tourney, and to just 17% from beyond the three-point line. They must regain that form versus a Huskies team that has been averaging more than nine threes per game.
Seizing chances will be crucial to generating points against a team that found itself on the wrong end of 8 steals and made 15 TOs on Saturday. Darrion Trammell is going to be looking to rebound from Saturday’s 2-for-8 performance after he averaged 15.3 points in his past three games.
Betting UConn Huskies
The Huskies are the underdogs at the best online sportsbooks. Their entertaining high-octane offense has been averaging 10 threes per game thus far at the tournament. While another big three-point showing from Hawkins, Sanogo, and Tristen Newton could be the difference, the Huskies can’t afford to forsake their responsibilities under the basket against an Aztecs team that has been averaging more than 40 rebounds per game.
That could mean extra responsibility for big freshman Donovan Clingan. He has been averaging 5.4 boards at the tournament. He is quickly developing chemistry with Adama Sanogo. The Huskies delivered another exciting performance in Saturday night’s win against the Hurricanes. UConn established dominance through the air. They hit four threes. They jumped out to a 14-0 lead with nine total on the night in their 72-59 win against Miami.
Quick starts have been a staple for the fourth-seeded Huskies at this competition. After they were forced to overcome deficits at halftime in the first 2 rounds, the Huskies wasted little time establishing leads at the half by a 2.3-point average in their wins against Arkansas, Gonzaga, and Miami.
Adama Sanogo stood out once more on Saturday. The big junior from Mali set the pace by scoring eight of the team’s first eleven points. That included his two threes of the night. He also pulled down 10 rebounds for the second time in as many games.
Jordan Hawkins led the squad with three threes in spite of battling a case of food poisoning. He brought his total to 19 in the first 5 games of the tourney.
San Diego State Aztecs vs. UConn Huskies Pick
We will lay the chalk with UConn.