Arizona State vs. Pepperdine - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pepperdine Waves (5-1) at Arizona State Sun Devils (5-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Pepperdine Waves and Arizona State Sun Devils play Saturday at the Wells Fargo Arena.
The Pepperdine Waves are off to a quick 5-1 start and will play their fourth true road game. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 71.5 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 61.5 points on 38.8 percent shooting. Stacy Davis leads the Waves with 14.5 points and 8.7 rebounds while Jett Raines is averaging 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. Jeremy Major is the third Pepperdine player averaging double-digit points and Amadi Udenyi is dishing out 5.5 assists. The Pepperdine Waves are an elite defensive team that’s snagging nearly 40 rebounds per game and holding teams to 18.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pepperdine is shooting 72.5 percent from the free throw line and 35.6 percent from deep. The Waves must clean up their 14 turnovers to take that next step.
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The Arizona State Sun Devils have lost three of their last five games and play their first contest in a week. On the season, Arizona State is averaging 71.6 points on 48.7 percent shooting and is allowing 60.6 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Gerry Blakes leads ASU with 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds while Jonathan Gilling is averaging 11.1 points on 58 percent shooting. Eric Jacobsen is the third Arizona State player averaging double-digit points and Bo Barnes is shooting 50.9 percent from the field. The Arizona State Sun Devils are one of the better offensive teams in the league, shooting 67.5 percent from the free throw line and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Arizona State has allowed 55 or less points in four of its eight games but is averaging just 34 rebounds per game.
The Waves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 21-7 ATS in their last 28 non-conference games. The Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss.
Pepperdine has big time potential this season but asking the Waves to keep a game close on the road against one of the better Pac-12 teams may be a little too much this early in the seasn. Give me the Sun Devils by double digits.