Colorado Buffaloes vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 12/28/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado Buffaloes vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Monday, December 28, 2020
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado (+1)
The Arizona Wildcats (6-1) host the Colorado Buffaloes (6-1) at McKale Center on Monday. The odds on this matchup have Arizona as 1-point favorites. The total opens at 139.
Colorado will play this game with a win-loss mark of 6-1 so far this year. They are turning it over 11.3 times per contest and as a team they are committing 16.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Colorado is pulling in 37.1 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 108 dimes so far this season, which ranks 115th in the country in terms of passing. The Buffaloes are hitting 37.5% on 3-point shots (54 of 144) and 85.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 77.9 pts per game (94th in D-1) while hitting 46.5% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Buffaloes are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game and they draw 18.4 personal fouls. They are ranked 144th in D-1 in allowing assists with 80 surrendered on the season. The Buffaloes defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 38.0% (148 of 389) and they surrender 31.1 boards per game as a group. They surrender 29.0% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 13th in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (57.4).
The Colorado Buffaloes stepped onto the hardwood against the Grand Canyon Antelopes and went home with a win by a final score of 74-64 in their last contest. Colorado walked away from the game having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (24 out of 48) and made 8 out of their 17 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the Buffaloes made 18 of their 21 tries for a rate of 85.7%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they earned 19 with 3 of them being offensive. They also doled out 10 assists for this contest in addition to earning 7 steals and 2 blocks. Pertaining to defense, Colorado allowed 50.0% from the field on 24 out of 48 shooting. Grand Canyon distributed 15 dimes and had 2 steals in this game. Furthurmore, the Antelopes snagged 27 rebounds (6 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Grand Canyon ended up shooting 62.5% from the charity stripe by knocking down 5 of their 8 shots. They buried 5 out of their 20 tries from downtown.
McKinley Wright is someone who was a major contributor in the matchup. He accumulated 21 points on 8 out of 14 shooting. He played 36 mins and collected 4 rebounds. Wright ended up going 57.1% from the field and recorded 7 dimes. Someone else that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Buffaloes was Evan Battey. He collected 2 boards and earned 2 dimes. He ended up going 44.4% from the floor for the contest by shooting 4-of-9 (16 points). At the conclusion of this game, Battey played for 26 min.
Arizona has a mark of 6-1 on the year. Arizona has scored 539 pts this year (77.0 per game) and they collect 40.6 rebounds per game. The Wildcats commit 20.0 personal fouls per contest and they hit 68.5% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Wildcats are hitting on 45.7% from the field, which ranks them 148th in D-1. They are earning an assist 15.1 times per game (96th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 13.4 times per contest. The Wildcats on the defensive end are ranked 54th in the nation in points per game surrendered with 62.6. They surrender 11.1 assists and 29.3 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 77th and 24th in college hoops. The Arizona defense concedes 29.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (38 of 129) and opponents are making 73.3% of their foul shots. They have forced 15.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 39.9% from the floor (86th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Arizona Wildcats got the victory with a final of 70-64 when they faced the Montana Grizzlies. The Wildcats were able to collect 20 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 31 for the contest. They also turned away 5 tries while getting 6 steals in this matchup. The Grizzlies were called for 26 fouls in the matchup which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 34 shots. They were able to convert 19 of them for a rate of 55.9%. When talking about shots from 3-point land, Arizona knocked down 3 of 14 tries (21.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats shot 24 out of 57 from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.1%. The Wildcats allowed the Grizzlies to convert 20 of 46 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 43.5% for the contest. They shot 40.0% from distance by going 4 out of 10 and walked away from this one shooting 20 out of 22 at the free throw line (90.9%). In relation to team rebounding, Arizona allowed Montana to pull down 31 overall (5 on the offensive glass).
James Akinjo was important for the Wildcats in this contest. He made 5 out of 16 in the matchup for a rate of 31.3%, which gave him 18 points. Akinjo grabbed 2 boards in his 36 mins and had 5 assists in this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Arizona was Jordan Brown. He notched 15 points in his 22 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 of 5 from the floor for the game. Brown finished going 100.0% from the floor while collecting 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Arizona (-1) and over 139 points
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