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Arizona at Utah Men's BB Odds, My Free Pick & How To Bet

Arizona at Utah Men’s BB Odds, Free Pick & How To Bet

Today’s Pac-12 showdown between the fan favorite No. 7 Arizona Wildcats and the 13th-ranked Utah Utes could turn into one of the top contests of the season, even better than Cuse vs Duke and the Hogs vs the Wildcats.

What’s at stake: First-place in the Pac-12, seeding in postseason tournaments, possibly the conference title.

“This is really what it’s all about,” UA coach Sean Miller said Friday. “You want to play in these games. We know (Saturday) will be one of them.”

A Closer Look At The Arizona at Utah Men’s BB Odds, My Free Pick & How To Bet

Matchup: (7) Arizona Wildcats at (13) Utah Utes
Date: Feb. 28, 2015 
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Stadium: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio:  Arizona Vs Utah
Point Spread: Utah Utes -1.5
Game Total: N/A

Arizona Will Cover the Spread If

The Wildcats dominate the boards like in the last game.

Arizona throttled Utah in Tucson in the first matchup between these two teams this season. The Wildcats beat Utah 69 to 51 as a -5.5 point home favorite. One of the reasons for the victory was the differential in rebounds. Arizona pummeled the Utes on the glass. Arizona grabbed 38 rebounds to Utah’s 17. They brilliantly boxed out on missed shots and held the usually very good rebounding Utes to a ridiculous 3 offensive boards. What was brilliant about Arizona’s rebounding performance is that not a single player grabbed double figures in rebounding.

Kaleb Tarczewski grabbed 5 boards. Stanley Johnson, Arizona’s super frosh, pulled down 9. Brandon Ashley had 8 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed 7. Dustan Ristic pitched in 5 and T.J. McConnell grabbed 3. If Arizona rebounds that well in the rematch, they should find a way to cover the spread.

Arizona’s Projected Starting Lineup: Kaleb Tarczewski (C), Stanley Johnson (F), Brandon Ashley (F), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (F), T.J. McConnell (G).

Utah Will Cover the Spread If

Utah can get more out of its players not named Delon Wright.

As good as Delon Wright is, and he’s very good, he can’t single handedly carry the Utes in every game. Versus Arizona the first time around, Wright made 4 out of 9 shots. He made 1 out of 2 three-pointers and finished the game with 10 points. It was 4.3 points less than his average.

When Wright isn’t dominating, and Arizona appears to know how to keep Wright in check, other players on Utah’s team have to step it up. Brandon Taylor scored 12 and Jordan Loveridge scored 11, but the rest of Utah’s squad was terrible. Forward Chris Reyes scored a single point. Jakob Poeltl scored 6. Both guys have to be much better this time around because Arizona’s front line is extremely talented.

Unless Utah provides a full team effort, meaning that everybody contributes, the same result, a lop-sided Arizona victory, is likely to occur. Utah has to play as a team in order to cover the spread against the more talented Wildcats.

Utah’s Projected Starting Lineup: Jordan Loveridge (F), Chris Reyes (F), Jakob Poeltl (F), Delon Wright (G), Brandon Taylor (G).

Final Score Prediction – Arizona Wildcats 67, Utah Utes 62

UFC 184 Rousey vs. Zingano Odds, Stats, Fight Prediction & How To Watch

UFC 184 Rousey vs. Zingano Odds, Stats, Fight Prediction & How To Watch

Undefeated UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey, and the new face of the UFC, will face her toughest challenge in the octagon when she squares off against No. 1 contender Cat Zingano at UFC 184 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. Rousey (10-0) and Zingano (9-0) are regarded as the sport’s two best 135-pound fighters.

A Closer Look At The UFC 184 Rousey vs. Zingano Odds, Stats, My Fight Prediction & How To Watch

UFC 184: (C) Ronda Rousey vs #1 Cat Zingano
Date: Feb. 28, 2015  
Start Time: 10:00 p.m. ET  
Location: Los Angeles California 
Stadium: Staples Center
Stream: UFC Network
Odds: Rousey -900 vs Zingano +600

Ronda Rousey Will Beat Cat Zingano At UFC 184 If

Rousey can get Zingano on the ground and force a submission.

Rousey is, arguably, the top female fighter in the world. A deep dig into her 10 and 0 record at UFC and one finds the real reason for her success. She’s an incredibly skilled fighter that forces her opponents to submit.

Rousey submits her opponents 80% of the time. She knocks out her opponents 20% of the time. She’s never won by a decision at UFC yet, which makes this an incredibly interesting battle against the #1 contender to her championship crown, Cat Zingano. Rousey’s take down average is a startling 8.27 compared to Zingano’s at 2.47. Her submission average is 5.73 compared to Zingano’s at 2.47. If Rousey can get Zingano to the ground in this battle, she’ll force Cat to tap out. Ronda is that skilled as a grappler.

Cat Zingano Will Beat Ronda Rousey At UFC 184 If

Zingano can last and win a decision.

It’s difficult to see Cat Zingano winning this fight other than lasting long enough to win by a decision. Zingano has some striking ability, but her striking doesn’t give her much of an advantage. Rousey lands more strikes per minute, 3.69 to 3.09, to Zingano. Cat is more accurate with her strikes, 73.53% to 63.97%, but Rousey’s defense against strikes is slightly better at 52.99% to Zingano’s 43.04%.

That’s not a good sign for Cat’s backers. Rousey throws more punches and it looks like Zingano is going to have to get to Rousey a couple of times in the strike game if she hopes to keep Ronda from putting her on the mat. Cat Zingano is an excellent fighter, but her options are limited against the champ. She needs to hurt Rousey early and then try and stay on her feet and out point Rousey if she hopes to take home the trophy in this main event at UFC 184.

UFC 184 Betting Prediction: Rousey to beat Zingano by submission    

FOX Sports 1 UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot Vs Mir Betting Odds, Analysis & Prediction

FOX Sports 1 UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot Vs Mir Betting Odds, Analysis & Prediction

The UFC heavyweight division is deeper than I can ever remember, but for FOX Sports 1 UFC Fight Night Dana White went into the retirement home to brush the dust of a couple of has-beens. Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva will square off against former 2-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir, the first of which came in 2004.

Silva is vying for a comeback after a rollercoaster year where he sat out under a suspension only to return and get finished by Andrei Arlovski in his last bout.

Mir will enter the octagon on a four-fight losing streak in what could be his last action in the UFC if he were to lose.

A Closer Look At The UFC Fight Night Bigfoot Vs Mir Betting Odds, Analysis & Prediction

UFC Fight Night: #8 Antonio Silva vs #13 Frank Mir
Date: Feb. 22, 2015 
Start Time: 5:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Stadium: Ginásio do Gigantinho
TV Info: FOX Sports 1
Stream: UFC Network

UFC Odds: Bigfoot -240 vs Mir +200

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Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva Will Beat Frank Mir If

Bigfoot can stary on his feet

Silva’s knock-out percentage is 78%. That’s a high percentage for a guy that has 18 fights and only 6 losses in UFC. He’s one of the best known fighters on the planet still, but he faces a guy in Mir that simply has better percentages on the ground than he does.

The best thing that Silva can do is to keep on his feet and not let Mir get him to the mat. If he does, he could be in some trouble. Bigfoot is decent at defending take downs, 65.38% of the time, and that should give his backers confidence. The ability to prevent take downs and the heavier hands, that knockout percentage, is one of the reasons why Bigfoot is a -305 favorite to beat Frank Mir. He’s not as accurate with his strikes as Mir, but he throws more per minute and he defends against strikes better than Mir.

Frank Mir Will Beat Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva If

Mir can turn it into a grappling match.

Mir has one shot at beating Bigfoot and that’s to get this battle to the ground as soon as possible. Frank is skilled at landing shots, his accuracy is 47.86% when it comes to striking, but he’s also good at taking shots. Mir defends against strikes at only 37.09%. That’s just not going to cut it against a heavy handed striker like Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva who lands 2.94 strikes per minute compared to Frank Mir’s 2.14 strikes per minute. Mir also absorbs an average of 4 strikes a minute.

But when it comes to grappling, Mir has a slight advantage. His submission average is 2.34 compared to Silva’s .95 submission average. Frank Mir’s best work occurs on the ground. It’s his only shot to beat Bigfoot because if Mir stands toe to toe with Silva, he’s likely to get crushed.

UFC Betting Prediction:  Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva to beat Frank Mir by decision