Arizona State vs. Arizona - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Wildcats (12-1) at Arizona State Sun Devils (10-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils meet Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Arena.
The Arizona Wildcats hope to improve on their impressive 12-1 start to the season. The Arizona Wildcats are averaging 78.9 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 61.8 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Ryan Anderson is averaging 15.5 points and 10.3 rebounds while Allonzo Trier is averaging 13.7 points and 1.1 assists. Gabe York is the third double-digit scorer and Kaleb Tarczewski is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Arizona Wildcats are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. Arizona is allowing 28.8 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.8 turnovers per game. The Arizona Wildcats have won five straight road games.
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The Arizona State Sun Devils look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Arizona State Sun Devils are averaging 75.5 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 68.1 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Tra Holder is averaging 14.5 points and 3.4 assists while Savon Goodman is averaging 12.4 points and 7.9 rebounds. Gerry Blakes is dishing 2.2 assists and Willie Atwood is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Arizona State Sun Devils are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. Arizona State is allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.5 turnovers per game. The Arizona State Sun Devils have won 14 of their last 16 home games.
The Wildcats are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 vs. Pacific-12 and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Sun Devils are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Pacific-12 and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Not sure I'm sold on this Arizona team, as it has struggled against lesser comp and has yet to play a big road game this season. Arizona State is deadly at home and could win outright. I'll take the two free buckets and the home team.