The ASU Sun Devils are hoping history doesn’t repeat on Saturday night against the UA Wildcats.
On January 4th, the 6th ranked and winners of 6 straight, the Arizona Wildcats steamrolled their instate rival Arizona State Sun Devils by a score of 73-49. The game tips off at 4:30 PM ET from Tempe, Arizona and will be broadcast live on FOX while being streamed live on Fox Sports Go.
A Closer Look At The Copper State Rivalry UA Wildcats vs ASU Sun Devils College Hoops Odds
Matchup: (6) Arizona Wildcats at Arizona State Sun Devils
Date: Feb. 7, 2015
Start Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Tempe, Arizona
Stadium: Wells Fargo Arena (AZ)
TV Info: FOX
Stream: FOX Sports Go
Radio: Arizona Vs Arizona State
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Arizona Will Cover the Spread If
Arizona’s “bigs” get the necessary touches.
Arizona has some very good guards, T.J. McConnell is one of the best pure point-guards in all of college basketball, but for Arizona to have true success it needs its front line of Kaleb Tarczewski, Stanley Johnson and Brandon Ashley to get touches.
Stanley Johnson, Arizona’s super frosh, is averaging 14.5 points per game. He leads the team in points scored per contest, but he also isn’t afraid to crash the boards since he’s averaging 7 rebounds per game, which also leads the team. The 7 foot Tarczewski is a matchup nightmare. He shoots 58.8% from the field, scores 8.6 points and grabs 5 boards per game. Ashley is averaging 11.3 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Any touches to Tarczewski will most likely lead to points. It’s important to give Ashley and Johnson touches because both guys have the ability to hit the three, drive to the basket, create their own shot or create shots for other players.
Arizona State Will Cover the Spread If
ASU plays much better defense than they usually do.
The averages are terrible to begin with. ASU gives up 64.2 points per game from 43.7% shooting. Opponents average 35.5% from behind the arc against the Sun Devils.
When it comes the first game against Arizona, the percentages are downright scary. Arizona State allowed Arizona to shoot 51% from the field in a 26 of 51 performance. The Wildcats took only 10 three-point shots, but they connected on 5 of them for a 50% success rate. Arizona ended up scoring 73 points and beating Arizona State 73 to 49.
The Sun Devils don’t have much of a chance of stopping Arizona from blowing them out again unless they play defense much better than they normally do. Arizona’s defense has turned into one of the best in the nation. So, thinking that you can score with the Wildcats will be a problem for the Sun Devils.