Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes Pac-12 Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/14/14
Colorado Buffaloes (23-10) vs. Arizona Wildcats (29-3)
College Basketball: Friday March 14, 2014 9 PM (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -10 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Arizona Wildcats and the Colorado Buffaloes face off on Friday in Las Vegas in a semifinal matchup in the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Arizona Wildcats had a first round bye in the Pac-12 Tourney but they came out on Thursday and blew out Utah in a game that was never close. Arizona is 16-3 in Pac-12 games, 3-0 in neutral site games, and they are ranked fourth in the nation. Nick Johnson leads the Wildcats averaging 16.1 points per game. Aaron Gordon is averaging 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds, Kaleb Tarczewski is averaging 10.2 points and 6.6 rebounds, and T.J. McConnell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are each averaging 8.5 points. Arizona is averaging 73.4 points and they are shooting 46.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.1 points and their opponents are shooting 38.2 percent. Arizona should be the number one seed in the West in the NCAA Tournament regardless of what happens here.
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The Colorado Buffaloes came into the Pac-12 Tournament as a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament but after wins in the first two rounds they may have played their way in. Colorado is 12-8 in the Pac-12, 2-2 in neutral site games, and 1-2 against teams ranked in the top 25. Josh Scott is averaging 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds to lead the Buffaloes. Askia Booker is averaging 13.9 points, Xavier Johnson is averaging 12.1 points and 5.9 rebounds, and Wesley Gordon is averaging 6.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Colorado is averaging 71.7 points and they are shooting 44.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Colorado is looking to extend a season that has seen them overcome a ton of adversity.
Arizona is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games, and 5-2 against the spread against the Pac-12. Colorado is 205 against the spread in their last seven games following a game that they covered the spread.
This number just looks to big so my play here is Colorado with the bundle of points.
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