Colorado Buffaloes vs. Colorado State Rams - 12/10/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado State Rams (8-0) at Colorado Buffaloes (5-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Coors Events Center)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac 12 Network
The Colorado State Rams will face off against their in-state rivals, the Colorado Buffaloes, at the Coors Event Center this Wednesday night.
The Colorado State Rams improved to a perfect 8-0 on the season with a 66-58 victory against the Northern Colorado Bears this past Sunday. The Rams got it done on the defensive end as they held the Bears to just 19.0% from three-point range and outrebounded Northern Colorado by a 41-33 margin. Leading the way for the Rams was Stanton Kidd who had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Also chipping in was J.J. Avila who had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Colorado State is currently tied for 8th in the RPI standings and ranked 86th in SOS (strength of schedule). On the season, the Rams have been led by J.J. Avila (14.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.4 apg), Stanton Kidd (14.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg), and Daniel Bejarano (12.1 ppg, 6.8 reb). Colorado State is a well-balanced team on both ends of the floor. Offensively, the Rams are scoring 73.1 ppg (ranked 94th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 107th). The Rams are a good outside shooting team as they are averaging 7.5 threes per game. Defensively, Colorado State is holding opponents to 63.3 ppg (ranked 129th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 194th). One area in which the Rams will need to improve is at the charity stripe as currently, Colorado State is shooting only 67.1% from the line that ranks 200th in the country.
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The Colorado Buffaloes fell to 5-2 on the season after losing 64-57 to the Georgia Bulldogs this past Sunday. The Buffaloes struggled offensively as they only shot 35.6% from the field and 11.8% (2-17) from three-point range. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was Josh Scott who had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Buffaloes have really struggled away from the Coors Event Center this season as currently they are 0-2 while averaging only 45.0 ppg on 32.4% shooting. On the season, Colorado has been led by Josh Scott (16.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg), Askia Booker (12.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Xavier Johnston (11.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Offensively, the Buffaloes have only averaged 67.0 ppg which ranks 203rd in the country. Colorado is one of the better free-throw shooting teams in the country as they are shooting 72.8% which ranks 52nd in the country. Defensively, the Buffaloes have been solid as they are holding opponents to 58.6 ppg (ranked 42nd) on 45.1% shooting (ranked 113th).
The Rams are 15-33-3 ATS in their last 51 games overall and 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Buffaloes are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss.
It’s always a fun match-up when Colorado and Colorado State gets together in any sporting event. Colorado State has gotten off to a great start this year, however, they’ve yet to play a team of Colorado’s caliber. Colorado has one of the best big men in the country in Josh Scott and although they seem to struggle offensively at times, they do seem to kick it into another gear when they play in front of the home crowd. Coach Tad Boyle will have the Buffalos ready for this heated match-up and I’m going to back Colorado in this one. Take the Buffaloes to cover the spread.