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Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/23/14

Colorado Buffaloes (15-4) at Arizona Wildcats (18-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm (McKale Center)

The Line: Arizona Wildcats -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Arizona Wildcats and the Colorado Buffaloes face off on Thursday in Pac-12 college basketball action.

The Arizona Wildcats are undefeated and are the number one ranked team in the nation and continue to look the part as the season goes on. Arizona has gone 12-0 at home and 5-0 in the Pac-12  while playing the 35th ranked schedule in the country. Nick Johnson is the leader of the Cats and he is averaging 16.3 points per game. Aaron Gordon is averaging 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, Brandon Ashley is averaging 12.1 points and 6.2 rebounds, and Kaleb Tarczewski is averaging 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds. As a team Arizona is averaging 75.9 points and they are shooting 49.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 56.7 points and their opponents are shooting 37 percent. Arizona looks like the team to beat in college basketball this season.

Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/23/14

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The Colorado Buffaloes got a win last time out over USC to end their two game skid but CU is still somewhat reeling. Colorado is 3-3 away from home and 4-2 in Pac-12 play while playing the 15th ranked schedule in the nation. With Spencer Dinwiddie gone for the season Josh Scott is leading the Buffaloes averaging 14.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Askia Booker is averaging 13.5 points, Xavier Johnson is averaging 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Wesley Gordon is averaging 6.6 points and 6.5 rebounds. Colorado is averaging 75.5 points and they are shooting 44.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. Colorado will still need to get past the Dinwiddie injury as they are still a solid team but losing their best player is going to make it difficult.

Arizona is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 4-1 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 games overall. Colorado is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine Pac-12 games, and 7-3 against the spread following a win.

This is a big number but the Wildcats at home have been putting up the big numbers and Colorado’s win over USC isn’t enough to inspire me to believe they are competitive here. 

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Arizona Wildcats -14.5

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