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Hawaii vs. Colorado - 12/23/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Buffaloes (8-2) at Hawaii Warriors (6-5)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Hawaii Warriors +6.5 -- Over/Under: 142
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Colorado Buffaloes (8-2) at Hawaii Warriors (6-5)
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The Colorado Buffaloes and the Hawaii Warriors meet as part of the 2018 Diamond Head Classic in college basketball action from the Stan Sherriff Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Colorado Buffaloes will look to bounce back after a 72-67 loss to Indiana State in their last outing. Tyler Bey led the Buffaloes with 16 points on 6 of 7 shooting with 13 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double. Shane Gatling and McKinley Wright IV each added 10 points with Gatling adding a pair of threes and 3 blocks while Wright IV added a team-high 5 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Buffaloes in the losing effort. Wright IV leads Colorado with an average of 14.3 points and 5.8 assists per game while Bey leads the Buffaloes in rebounding with 9.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Colorado is averaging 82.6 points per game on 48.5% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line this season.

The Hawaii Warriors will look to rebound from a 73-59 loss to UNLV in their last outing. Drew Buggs led the Warriors with 16 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 5 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists with a pair of steals. Mate Colina added 13 points and Eddie Stansberry added 12 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Hawaii in the loss. Zigmars Raimo added 7 points to match his team-high 7 rebounds in the loss as well for Hawaii. Stansberry leads Hawaii with an average of 11.8 points per game while Raimo leads the Warriors on the glass with 6.3 rebounds per game and Buggs leads Hawaii in assists with 5.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Hawaii is averaging 72.2 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 34.2% from behind the 3-point line and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

Colorado is 19-42-1 ATS in their last 62 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Hawaii is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 home games.

You could definitely Argue that the points with Hawaii is the way to go considering this is a home game essentially for the Warriors. However, home court didn’t help against UNLV and I personally think the Buffaloes are a step ahead of the Rebels, and given that Colorado is pretty much at full strength, I like the Buffaloes to win and cover in the process so I’ll lay the points here.

Pick:
Colorado -6.5

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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