Arizona vs. UMBC - 11/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UMBC Retrievers (0-1) at Arizona Wildcats (1-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm (McKale Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -26 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UMBC Retrievers and Arizona Wildcats meet Sunday in college basketball action at the McKale Center.
The UMBC Retrievers would love a big upset victory here to rebound from their Friday loss to the SMU Mustangs. The UMBC Retrievers are averaging 67 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 78 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Jairus Lyles is averaging 24 points and five assists while Arkel Lamar is averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jourdan Grant is the third double-digit scorer and Max Curran is grabbing four rebounds. The UMBC Retrievers are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The UMBC Retrievers are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The UMBC Retrievers have lost six of their last nine road games.
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The Arizona Wildcats look for a quick 2-0 start to the season after beating up on Northern Arizona on Friday. The Arizona Wildcats are averaging 101 points on 59.6 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Allonzo Trier is averaging 32 points and four assists while Dusan Ristic is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Alex Barcello is dishing three assists. The Arizona Wildcats are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona Wildcats are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Arizona Wildcats have won 16 of their last 17 home games.
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UNBC couldn't keep up with SMU, and the Mustangs aren't half the team the Arizona Wildcats are. Arizona is one of the favorites to win the national title this season, and while a game against Northern Arizona isn't a great measuring stick, there were zero signs of rust in the season opener. The Arizona Wildcats got whatever they wanted offensively and played hard on the defensive end. There's just a big gap in talent between these teams, and that usually results in blowouts early in the season. I'll take Arizona to win at home by 30-plus points.