Kentucky vs. Arizona State - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona State Sun Devils (6-2) at Kentucky Wildcats (8-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils face off on Saturday at Rupp Arena in Lexington in college basketball action.
The Kentucky Wildcats are 8-1 this season after bouncing back from their first loss of the year at UCLA. Kentucky is averaging 80.3 points and they are shooting 48.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent. Jamal Murray leads UK averaging 15.3 points per game. Isaiah Briscoe is averaging 12.9 points, Tyler Ulis is averaging 12.1 points and 5.4 assists, and Skal Labissiere is averaging 11.8 points. Kentucky shoots less than 28 percent from beyond the three-point arc and that was their undoing against UCLA.
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The Arizona State Sun Devils are 6-2 this season and they have won their last three games. ASU is averaging 75.6points and they are shooting 43 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent. Savon Goodman leads the Sun Devils averaging 13.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Tra Holder is hitting 12.1 points, Gerry Blakes is averaging 12.1 points and 5.9 rebounds, and Willie Atwood is averaging 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. Arizona State has played a tough schedule with big games at home and on the road and solid success.
Kentucky is 3-7 against the spread against the Pac-12, 0-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games. Arizona State is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 4-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall.
I expect this to be more of a defensive game than an offensive game and for it to fall under the total and that is my free pick.