Arizona vs. Gardner-Webb - 12/2/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (3-3) at Arizona Wildcats (6-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm (McKale Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs and Arizona Wildcats play Tuesday night at the McKale Center.
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs have won three of their last five games and play already their third true road game. On the season, Gardner-Webb is averaging 69.4 points on 39.1 percent shooting and is allowing 74.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Jerome Hill leads Gardner-Webb with 18.5 points and eight rebounds while Tyrell Nelson is averaging 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. Jarvis Davis is the third Bulldog to average double-digit points and Tyler Strange is averaging 7.2 assists per game. The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs is a fast paced offensive team that’s getting off 63.4 shot attempts per game and is shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc. The style of play kills Gardner-Webb on the defensive side of the ball and it doesn’t help that the Bulldogs are shooting 57.9 percent from the free throw line.
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The Arizona Wildcats are unbeaten and haven’t played since Wednesday’s win over San Diego State. On the season, Arizona is averaging 73.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting and is allowing 59.5 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson leads Arizona with 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while Stanley Johnson is averaging 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Brandon Ashley is the third Arizona player to average double-digit points and T.J. McConnell is averaging 6.2 assists. The Arizona Wildcats are once again an elite defensive team that’s forcing close to 15 turnovers per game and have won eight straight regular season games when allowing less than 70 points. Arizona’s weakness is the fact its averaging just 34.3 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a S.U. win and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Wildcats are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 14-4 ATS in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs beat Clemson and hung with LSU on the road. While neither of those teams are at the level of Arizona, Gardner-Webb has at least shown it can compete at a high level. I don't love the pick but give me the points here.