Arizona vs. Arizona State - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona State Sun Devils (8-5) at Arizona Wildcats (12-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (McKale Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils face off on Sunday at the McKale Center in Pac-12 college basketball action.
The Arizona Wildcats are ranked seventh in the nation but they are coming off of their first loss of the year losing at UNLV. Arizona is averaging 76.3 points and they are shooting 50.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 60.3 points and their opponents are shooting 39.4 percent. Stanley Johnson is averaging 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds to lead the Wildcats. Brandon Ashley is averaging 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Gabe York is averaging 9.9 points. Arizona is 8-0 at home this season.
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The Arizona State Sun Devils are 8-5 this season and they are coming off of wins in theirlast two games. ASU is averaging 73.5 points and they are shooting 46.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Gerry Blakes leads the Sun Devils averaging 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. Shaquielle McKissic is averaging 10.7 points, Eric Jacobsen is averaging 10.3 points and 7.4 rebounds, and Jonathan Gilling is averaging 8.2 points. Artizona State is 0-4 in games played away from home.
Arizona is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 20-7 against the spread in their last 27 road games against a team with a losing road record, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Arizona State is 3-7-1 against the spread against the Pac-12, 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 road games, and 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine road games against a team with a winning home record. The home team has covered the point spread in five f the last six meetings of these two.
Arizona should win this game but I see it being closer than the number so I am taking the points with ASU.