UCLA coach Mick Cronin says he'd pick Arizona to win the NCAA Tournament
Mick Cronin is one of only three coaches in college basketball whose team has beaten the Arizona Wildcats this season.
The UCLA head coach has gotten an up-close-and-personal look at the top-seeded Cats three times now. The Bruins took the first meeting in Los Angeles 75-59. But, Arizona has beaten UCLA in the two meetings since. The Cats won by 10 in Tucson on Feb. 3, then beat the Bruins 84-76 last Saturday to capture the Pac-12 Tournament title.
That win earned Arizona a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Cronin has advice for folks looking to fill out their bracket who might be torn on who to have go all the way: bet on Arizona.
Mick Cronin with some advice for those of you frantically filling out brackets: "I think Arizona, if you were to ask me, I would pick them to be the favorite to win the title."
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) March 14, 2022
”I think Arizona, if you were to ask me, I would pick them to be the favorite to win the title,” Cronin said this week, per the Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bolch.
Arizona (13/2) has the second-best title odds at BetOnline.ag. UCLA is at 25/1 to win the tournament as a 4-seed.
The Wildcats open on Friday at 4:27 p.m. PT on truTV. They’ll play the winner of Tuesday’s First Four matchup between Wright State and Bryant.