Indiana State Sycamores (6-3) at Colorado Buffaloes (8-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -7.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5
The Indiana State Sycamores and Colorado Buffaloes will face off in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Indiana State Sycamores dropped to 6-3 on the season after being defeated by the TCU Horned Frogs, 90-70, this past Sunday. Indiana State struggled defensively against the Horned Frogs and couldn’t fight back after TCU took a 71-50 lead with 7:04 left in regulation. Indiana State allowed TCU to shoot 48.5% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Sycamores was Jordan Barnes who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists.
On the season, Indiana State is averaging 73.4 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Sycamores are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 44.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Indiana State has been led by Jordan Barnes (21.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Tyreke Key (17.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Christian Williams (13.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Clayton Hughes (7.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Indiana State is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Sycamores have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The Colorado Buffaloes won their 6th straight game and improved to 8-1 on the season after defeating the New Mexico Lobos, 78-75, on December 11th. Colorado trailed by a 52-38 margin early in the 2nd half, however, was outstanding defensively the rest of the way and was able to pull away after taking a 73-69 lead with 1:15 left in regulation. Colorado shot 41.9% from the field and outrebounded New Mexico by a 51-38 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was Tyler Bey who had a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 steals.
On the season, Colorado is averaging 84.3 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (14.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 6.0 apg, 1.7 spg), Tyler Bey (12.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg), Lucas Siewert (12.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Evan Battey (9.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 10.4 ppg and a turnover margin of 0.4.
The Sycamores are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, however, are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss, however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.
Colorado has been outstanding on the offensive end this season however, the Buffaloes are just not the same team generally when they hit the road. Indiana State has picked up solid victories over Wright State and Western Kentucky this season and as I think their offense will be able to find some success agianst the Colorado defense, I think the Sycamores will be able to do enough with the points to cover this spread.