Arizona Wildcats vs. Sacred Heart Pioneers - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacred Heart Pioneers (1-1) at Arizona Wildcats (2-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm (McKale Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -29 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Sacred Heart Pioneers will travel to play the Arizona Wildcats in a non-conference college basketball game on Friday.
The Arizona Wildcats are 2-0 this season after beating CSU Bakersfield by a score of 78-66 in their last game. Arizona led by 18 points at the half and was able to hang on for the win in the second half. Lauri Markkanen led Arizona with 26 points and 8 rebounds in this game. Arizona shot 48.9% on field goals, while shooting 50% on three-pointers in their win. Markkanen is averaging 19.5 points and 7 rebounds per game, while Kobi Simmons is averaging 15.5 points and 1.5 steals per game for Arizona this season. Arizona is averaging 33 rebounds per game and 9 assists per game, while committing 14 turnovers per game. Arizona is shooting 43.3% on field goals, 75.8% on free throws, and 42.9% on three-pointers.
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The Sacred Heart Pioneers are 1-1 this season after beating Hofstra by a score of 90-86 in their last game. Sacred Heart trailed at halftime but was able to score 49 points in the second half to get the win. Quincy McKnight led Sacred Heart with 28 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists in this game. Sacred Heart shot 49.3% on field goals, while shooting 33.3% on three-pointers in their win. Quincy McKnight is averaging 26.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, while Joseph Lopez is averaging 11 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game for the Pioneers. Sacred Heart is averaging 39 rebounds per game with 11 assists per game, while committing 15 turnovers per game. Sacred Heart is shooting 44.3% on field goals, 77.1% on three-pointers, and 27% on three-pointers this season.
Sacred Heart is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games. The over is 3-0-1 in Sacred Heart’s last 4 games. Arizona is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The over is 11-3 in Arizona’s last 14 home games.
Arizona comes into this game as a big home favorite against a much weaker Sacred Heart team. This Arizona team looks strong, as they were able to beat Michigan State in their first game of the season. Arizona has the advantage in three-point shooting and is committing 1 fewer turnovers per game. These early season games are tough to predict, but I am going with Sacred Heart to keep this somewhat close.