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Colorado vs. Colorado State - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado State Rams (4-3) at Colorado Buffaloes (4-1)
Date & Time Saturday December 1, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -13 -- Over/Under: 151.5
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NCAA BB | Colorado State Rams (4-3) at Colorado Buffaloes (4-1)
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The Colorado State Rams and the Colorado Buffaloes meet in college basketball action from the Coors Events Center on Friday afternoon.

The Colorado State Rams will look to rebound from back-to-back losses following an 82-67 loss to Southern Illinois in their last outing. Anthony Masinton-Bonner and Kris Martin tied for the team-high with 15 points, with Masinton-Bonner shooting 6 of 10 with a pair of threes and a team-high 4 assists while Martin shot 4 of 7 with 3 triples. J.D. Paige added 12 points and Kendle Moore chipped in 10 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for the Rams in the losing effort. Masinton-Bonner leads Colorado State in scoring with 15.6 points per game while Paige leads the Rams in assists with 3 assists per game and Nico Carvacho is adding a double-double per game with 11.6 points and a Rams-leading 10.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Colorado State is averaging 80 points per game on 48.2% shooting from the field, 36.4% from behind the arc and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

The Colorado Buffaloes will be looking to build on consecutive wins to sit at 4-1 following a 93-69 win over Portland in their last outing. McKinley Wright IV led the Buffaloes with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 7 rebounds while Lucas Siewert added 18 points with a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double. Tyler Bey added 12 points while Shane Gatling chipped in 11 points with 3 steals and Evan Battey added 10 points to round out the scoring in double digits for the Buffs in the winning effort. Wright IV leads Colorado with an average of 14.2 points and 5 assists per game while Bey leads Colorado on the glass with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Colorado is averaging 85.8 points per game on 51% shooting from the field, 41.6% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line this season.

Colorado State is 16-36-1 ATS in their last 53 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Colorado is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 11-27-1 ATS in their last 39 games following a win while the under is 12-4 in their last 16 games against the Mountain West. Colorado State is 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings between these two teams.

This is a lot of points to lay considering this is somewhat of a rivalry game, however the Buffaloes tend to play their best basketball at home and have the better lineup from top-to-bottom than the Rams do. The Rams bring some solid experience into this matchup, but considering how both sides have been playing lately, I think laying the points with Colorado is the right move here.

Colorado -13

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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