Arizona Wildcats vs. Oakland Grizzlies - 12/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Grizzlies (4-6) at Arizona Wildcats (10-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm (McKale Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac 12 Network
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will travel to the McKale Center to face the Arizona Wildcats this Tuesday night.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies dropped to 4-6 on the season after an 87-61 defeat to the Michigan St. Spartans this past Sunday night. Oakland allowed the Spartans to shoot 55.7% (34-61 FG) from the field and an even better 58.8% (10-17 3FG-A) from three-point range. Leading the way for Oakland was Corey Petros who had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Oakland has played some tough competition early on in the season and is currently 0-4 against teams ranked in the top 100 of the RPI standings. On the season, leading the Golden Grizzlies have been Corey Petros (16.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 apg), Kahlil Felder (15.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 7.3 apg), and Tommie McCune (12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg). Kahlil Felder ranks 5th individually in the country with his 7.3 apg. The Golden Grizzlies rely heavily on Corey Petros and Kahlil Felder as currently they are each averaging more than 36 minutes of playing time per game. Oakland is a talented offensive team, as they are averaging 75.3 ppg (ranked 63rd) on 47.0% shooting (ranked 63rd). The Golden Grizzles have down well from outside as they are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 35th) on 37.5% shooting (ranked 75th). The Golden Grizzlies struggle defensively as they one of the worst defensive teams in the country. Oakland is currently allowing their opponents to score an average of 77.8 ppg (ranked 335th) on 47.3% shooting (ranked 316th).
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The 3rd ranked Arizona Wildcats remained a perfect 10-0 this season after they defeated the Michigan Wolverines 80-53 this past Saturday. The Wildcats held the Wolverines to 35.2% (19-54 FG) shooting from the field and just 26.9% (7-26 3FG-A) from three-point range. Leading the way for Arizona was freshman sensation Stanley Johnson who had 17 points on 8-10 shooting and 7 rebounds. Arizona has won 28 straight games at home. Arizona is currently ranked 10th in the RPI standings and 78th in SOS. Leading the way for the Wildcats on the season have been Stanley Johnson (14.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (12.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg), and T.J. McConnell (7.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.7 apg). Offensively, Arizona is averaging 76.4 ppg (ranked 49th) on 50.7% shooting (ranked 12th). The Wildcats are currently outrebounding their opponents by 7.2 rpg (ranked 44th) and are doing a good job protecting the ball as they are only committing an average of 11.5 turnovers per game (ranked 46th). Defensively, Arizona is holding their opponents to just 59.4 ppg (ranked 49th) on 39.1% (ranked 77th). The Wildcats are doing a nice job on the defensive glass as they currently are grabbing 26.4 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 69th in the country.
The Golden Grizzlies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, however, are just 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Arizona is one of the best teams in the country as they can get it done on both ends of the floor. They have great size with Stanley Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Kaleb Tarczewski and can get up the floor and score quickly. Although Oakland doesn’t stand much of a chance in this game outright, they do have an experienced team and two great players in Corey Petros and Kahlil Felder who won’t be intimidated going into the McKale Center to face the 3rd ranked team in the country. Although I’m always concerned with Oakland’s defense, I think that they’ll keep this one within the spread. Take the Oakland Golden Grizzlies and the points.