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Arizona vs. Arizona State - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona State at Arizona
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
McKale Center
Tucson, AZ
The Line
Arizona Wildcats -2 -- Over/Under: 140.5
TV Channel
CBS
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The Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to the McKale Center to take on the Arizona Wildcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Arizona State Sun Devils improved to 20-9 (11-6 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 74-71, this past Sunday night. Arizona State trailed by a 37-30 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and was able to pull away for the big road victory after taking a 71-67 lead with :58 seconds left in regulation. Arizona State shot 47.2% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 13-7 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was Luguentz Dort who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

On the season, Arizona State is averaging 77.9 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona State has been led by Luguentz Dort (16.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Remy Martin (13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Zylan Cheatham (11.6 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Rob Edwards (11.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Arizona Wildcats had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 17-13 (8-9 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Oregon Ducks, 73-47, this past Saturday. Arizona went into halftime tied at 31-all, however, the Wildcats were overmatched on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Ducks took a 63-42 lead with just 3:47 left in regulation. Arizona shot just 31.3% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 15-3 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Dylan Smith who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist.

On the season, Arizona is averaging 71.3 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona has been led by Brandon Randolph (12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.0 apg), Brandon Williams (11.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.5 apg), Chase Jeter (11.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg), and Justin Coleman (9.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.8 apg).

Defensively, Arizona is holding their opponents to an average of 68.5 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 2.8.

The Sun Devils are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record, however, are just 6-13-2 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Wildcats are 10-4-3 ATS in their last 17 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, however, are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Arizona State has won 4 of their last 5 games and come into this game ranked 57th in scoring offense, 48th in defensive FG%, and 38th in rebound margin.

Arizona has lost 8 of their last 11 games and has really struggled on the offensive end this season as the Wildcats rank just 218th in scoring offense, 266th in FG%, and 191st in 3P-FG%.

Arizona State has played well as of late and although the Sun Devils can be a bit inconstant at times, the Sun Devils have recently picked up nice wins on the road agianst Utah & Oregon State. It’s been a tough season for Arizona as although their defense has been solid at times, their offense has really struggled this season which was on full display in the 2nd half in their recent game agianst Oregon. Arizona State was able to snap a 6-game losing steak to the Wildcats with their 95-88 (OT) victory earlier this season and although the Sun Devils haven’t had much success at the McKale Center, I think Arizona State does enough to at worst cover with he small amount of poitns. Good Luck!

Pick:
Arizona State Sun Devils +2

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