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Arizona vs. Arizona State - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona State Sun Devils (12-0) at Arizona Wildcats (10-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm (McKale Center)

The Line: Arizona Wildcats -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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We have an in-state rivalry game in Pac-12 college basketball action, as the #3 Arizona State Sun Devils take on the #17 Arizona Wildcats.

The #3 Arizona State Sun Devils will look to remain unbeaten after climbing to 12-0 with a 104-65 victory over Pacific in their last outing. Shannon Evans II led the team with 21 points with 5 threes and some free throws with 5 assists, while Tra Holder added 19 points. Romello White added 16 points with 8 rebounds, while Remy Martin added 14 points with a team-high 6 assists and De’Quon Lake chipped in 12 points with 9 rebounds and a whopping 7 blocks. Kodi Justice added 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting with 3 triples. Holder leads the team with an average of 21.5 points and 4.8 assists per game while White is the team’s top rebounder with 8.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Arizona State owns the 4th-highest scoring offense in the country with 91.8 points per game on 50.8% shooting from the field, 39.9% from behind the arc and 72.7% from the foul line this season. 

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Arizona vs. Arizona State - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The #17 Arizona Wildcats will look to add to their own 7 game winning streak after a 73-58 win over UCONN last time out. Rawle Atkins led the team with 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 threes, while Dusan Ristic added 18 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double and Allonzo Trier wrapped up the scoring in double figures with 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes. DeAndre Ayton added 9 points with 7 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists with a pair of blocks in the win for ‘Zona. Trier leads the team in scoring with an average of 21.2 points per game, while Parker Jackson-Cartwright leads in assists with 4.7 assists per game and Ayton is averaging a double-double per game with 19.5 points to go along with his team-high average of 11.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Arizona is scoring 83.5 points per game on 52% shooting from the field, the 6th-best field goal percentage in the country. The Wildcats are also shooting 39.4% from behind the arc and 75.2% from the foul line this season.

Arizona State is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 conference matchups. Arizona is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Arizona State is 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams. 

I know the Sun Devils have to lose eventually, and this may be the spot against a rival at the start of conference play. But we are getting points with arguably the hottest offense in the country and a 10-2 record ATS this season, against a Wildcats team that is on a winning streak, but is inconsistent when it comes to covering the number, which is all that matters here. All in all, I think Arizona State keeps their remarkable run with a big road win here, covering the number in the process.

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