Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Colorado Buffaloes - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Buffaloes (9-7) at Arizona State Sun Devils (8-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac 12 Network
The Colorado Buffaloes will take on the Arizona State Sun Devils as Wells Fargo Arena (AZ) this Saturday afternoon.
The Colorado Buffaloes dropped to 9-7 (2-2 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Arizona Wildcats 68-54 this past Thursday. Colorado was without both Josh Scott and Xavier Johnston in the contest and were outrebounded by Arizona by a 41-26 margin. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was Askia Booker who had 30 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Colorado is ranked 69th in the RPI Standings and has played the 19th ranked SOS. On the season, the Buffaloes have been led by Askia Booker (16.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 apg) and Josh Scott (13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Colorado is averaging 66.9 ppg (ranked 190th) on 45.0% shooting (ranked 100th). The Buffaloes are shooting 37.3% from three-point range (ranked 62nd) and 72.9% from the free-throw line (ranked 51st). Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to 62.1 ppg (ranked 76th) on 39.3% shooting (ranked 59th). The Buffaloes are averaging 4.6 bpg (ranked 72nd). Colorado is averaging 26.25 defensive rpg (ranked 51st) and 35.88 total rpg (ranked 132nd).
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The Arizona State Sun Devils lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 8-9 (0-4 Pac-12) on the season after losing to the 8th ranked Utah Utes 76-59 this past Thursday. Arizona State allowed Utah to shoot 53.7% from the field and 52.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was Savon Goodman who had 9 points and 10 rebounds. Arizona State is ranked 149th in the RPI Standings and have played the 70th ranked SOS. On the season, the Sun Devils have been led by Gerry Blakes (10.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Savon Goodman (10.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, Arizona State is averaging 68.6 ppg (ranked 156th) on 44.9% shooting (ranked 105th). The Sun Devils average 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 83rd) on 36.2% shooting (ranked 97th). Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to average 63.8 ppg (ranked 132nd) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 182nd). The Sun Devils average 2.2 bpg (ranked 303rd) and 6.2 spg (ranked 200th). Arizona State is grabbing 24.12 defensive rpg (ranked 164th) and 34.12 total rpg (ranked 208th).
The Buffaloes are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Sun Devils are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home however, just 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. loss.
Josh Scott and Xavier Johnson are still questionable for tomorrow’s game so it will be important to keep an eye on their status as the line will shift if either of them are going to go. Although Arizona State has struggled in Pac-12 play, three of those losses have been on the road and their only game at home was their recent loss vs. Utah. Colorado has never played well at Arizona State and even if Scott & Johnston were playing, I would be backing the Sun Devils in this one. Take Arizona State to cover.