4* NCAAB SMASH
Bucknell vs. Arizona,
03/14/2012 21:00 EDT,
Score: 65 - 54
Point Spread: +8½/-105 Bucknell
4* NCAAB SMASH (ESPN2) on Bucknell +8.5
This is a letdown spot for Arizona, which can't be excited in the least about playing in the NIT after making a deep NCAA tournament run last year. Bucknell, meanwhile, will relish this opportunity to face off against a top-tier program, especially since it was a major disappointment against Connecticut in the first round of last year's NCAA tourney. With 4 starters back from that team, you can bet the Bison will be hungry to show the country on national TV that they can compete with the big boys.
Arizona won't be at full strength after losing Josiah Turner due to a suspension. Plus, Jordin Mayes, who is dealing with a foot injury, isn't 100 percent.
Arizona is just 2-9 ATS in home games after a game where it’s failed to cover the spread over the last 2 seasons. We'll bet Bucknell.