The Colorado Buffaloes stormed out of the gates by winning their first two games in conference play. However, their shooting star plummeted to earth when they managed a measly 49 points against the 8th ranked Utah Utes.
As for the Arizona Wildcats, they are coming off an unexpected loss on the road against the spunky Oregon State Beavers.
— AZ Desert Swarm (@azdesertswarm) January 15, 2015
Heading into this tilt, Colorado needs a big win to get the tournament committee’s attention or see their season go for naught, while Arizona is also looking to get back in the W column.
A Closer Look At The Colorado Vs Arizona College Hoops Odds, Pick & TV/Streaming Info
Will the Arizona Wildcats bounce back after coming off of a loss to Oregon State in Corvallis, even though the team is in disarray? This could be a good game to get things together, as the Colorado Buffaloes have really struggled to initiate offensively.
Colorado Buffaloes at No. 10 Arizona Wildcats
Date: Jan. 15, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Stadium: McKale Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Colorado Vs Arizona
Point Spread: N/A
Game Total: N/A
Colorado will win this Pac-12 matchup if
They get off to a quick start and remind their opponent of their recent loss to the Beavers
The Buffaloes are 8-1 at home, but 0-4 on the road this season. The Buffs are led in scoring, assists and steals senior combo-guard by Askia Booker while junior forward Josh Scott leads Tad Boyle’s team in rebounds and field goal shooting percentage.
Colorado will need to shoot the ball better than they normally do (45.1 %) and reach the 70-point plateau against the high-scoring Wildcats, but that may be a tall task with the Buffaloes averaging just 67.8 points per game (177th).
No. 9 Arizona will win this Pac-12 matchup if
Put the loss to the Beavers behind them and play Wildcat basketball!
Head coach Sean Miller watched helplessly as his Arizona Wildcats team suffered a crushing 58-56 loss against Oregon State on Sunday. However, the Cats’ loss could spell doom for a Colorado team that is mediocre at best.
Arizona averages a stellar 75.1 points per game (39th) while shooting a blistering 49.3 percent from the field (14th). Defensively, the Cats have been even better in allowing just 59.6 points per game (40th) while also holding their opponent to just 39.4 percent shooting from the field.
Arizona is led in scoring and rebounding (13.9 ppg and 6.6 rpg) by gifted freshman forward Stanley Johnson while senior guard T.J. McConnell leads the team in assists and steals.
Who Will Win? Colorado or Arizona?
The Wildcats are just 2-2 SU and ATS over their last four games, but they’re also far and away the better team in this matchup. I fully expect Arizona to find a way to bounce back nicely from their shocking loss the last time out and handle the Buffs easily.
College hoops betting enthusiasts can expect a point spread favoring Arizona that falls anywhere between 10-16 points.
The Wildcats are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in their last four games against the Buffaloes and I believe they’ll cover the spread if it stays closer to a dozen points than 20.
The Pick: Arizona 77 Colorado 63