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Colorado vs. Arizona State - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona State Sun Devils (12-1) at Colorado Buffaloes (8-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Coors Events Center)

The Line: Colorado Buffaloes +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12

We have some Pac-12 college basketball action on Thursday night’s college basketball slate as the #4 Arizona State Sun Devils take on the Colorado Buffaloes.

The #4 Arizona State Sun Devils will look to bounce back from their first loss of the year in an 84-78 loss to Arizona to start conference play. Tra Holder led the team with 31 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and a 15 for 16 mark from the foul line. Remy Martin added 11 points and Mickey Mitchell chipped in 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for ASU in the losing effort. Romello White chipped in a team-high 8 rebounds while Shannon Evans II shot just 3 of 14 for 7 points but dished out a team-high 5 assists while notching a pair of steals in the loss. Holder leads the team in scoring with 22.2 points per game, while White leads the way on the glass with 8.6 rebounds per game and Evans II is the team’s leading assist man with 4.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Arizona State boasts the 5th-highest scoring offence in the country, scoring 90.7 points per game, on 49.7% shooting from the field, 39.3% from behind the arc and 73.2% from the foul line this season.

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Colorado vs. Arizona State - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Buffaloes will look to rebound from back-to-back conference losses, including a 77-62 loss to Oregon that pushed their losing streak to 3 games and 5 of their last 6. Namon Wright led the team with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 3 threes, while McKinley Wright IV was the only other Buffalo to finish in double figures scoring, notching 13 points in addition to a team-high 7 assists. Dallas Walton added a team-high 6 rebounds, while Lazar Nikolic added a pair of steals and George King chipped in 9 points. Wright IV leads the Buffaloes with an average of 16 points and 4.9 assists per game, while King leads the team in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game this season. As a team, Colorado is scoring 74.4 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 32.6% from the 3-point line and 71.1% from the foul line this season.

Arizona State is 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 conference matchups. Colorado is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. The home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

The head-to-head trends strongly suggest that Colorado will give Arizona State a run, but the problem is that Arizona State is much better than in past meetings and will be looking for blood now that they’ve lost their undefeated record. To be honest I thought this line would be higher, but since it’s just under double-digits, I’ll lay the points with Arizona State to get the job done on the road.

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