Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Detroit Titans - 12/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Titans (6-6) at Arizona State Sun Devils (6-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac 12 Network
The Detroit Titans fell to 6-6 on the season after losing 69-55 to the Rhode Island Rams this past Saturday. Detroit struggled from the field as they shot only 35.2% (19-54) from the field and committed 18 turnovers in the game. Leading the way for Detroit was Juwan Howard Jr. who had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Detroit have lost their last 3 games after they gave Wichita State all they could handle before losing the match-up 77-68 over a week ago. On the season, the Titans have been led by Juwan Howard Jr. (19.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Paris Bass (11.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.7 spg), and Anton Wilson (10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg). Offensively, the Titans are averaging 71.2 ppg (ranked 119th) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 123rd). Detroit protects the ball well as they only commit an average of 12.3 turnovers per game which ranks 91st in the country. Defensively, the Titans are allowing their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg (ranked 178th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 159th).
The Arizona State Sun Devils dropped to 6-5 after losing a heart-breaking 84-81 3OT contest to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks this past Saturday. The Sun Devils really struggled from the free-throw line at they only went 51.7% (15-29 FTM-A) in the game. Leading the way for Arizona State was UNLV transfer Savon Goodman who had 24 points (9-11 FGM-A), 12 rebounds, and 3 steals off the bench in his second game with the Sun Devils. Arizona State currently ranks 194th in the RPI standings and they are just 1-4 against teams in the top-100 of the RPI standings. Leading the way for the Sun Devils on the season have been Gerry Goodman (12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg), Erick Jacobsen (10.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg), and Shaquielle McKissic (10.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, the Sun Devils are averaging 73.3 ppg (ranked 78th) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 79th). Arizona State averages 8.4 three-pointers per game which ranks 29th in the country. Defensively, the Sun Devils are allowing their opponents to score an average of 65.5 ppg (ranked 165th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 193rd). Arizona State needs to protect the ball better on offensive as they currently commit an average of 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks 249th in the country.
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The Titans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Sun Devils are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
Both Detroit and Arizona State have struggled recently and will be looking to get back into the win column in this game. Detroit has struggled on the road although their one victory away from home did come against a good Toledo team. Arizona State generally plays well at home, however I believe that Detroit has enough weapons to keep this game within the spread. Take Detroit and the points in this one.