Arizona Wildcats vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Wildcats vs Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: CU Events Center in Boulder, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona (+5)
CU Events Center is the site where and the Colorado Buffaloes (13-5) will play the Arizona Wildcats (13-5) on Saturday. The line on this contest has Colorado as 5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 143.
Arizona steps onto the court with a mark of 13-5 so far this season. The Wildcats are connecting on 37.8% on shots from distance (119 of 315) and 72.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 77.6 pts per game (59th in college hoops) while hitting 45.5% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 12.5 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Arizona is grabbing 39.2 rebounds per game and has totaled 279 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 26th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 13.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.6 personal fouls. They are 205th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 205 conceded for the year. The Wildcats defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 42.2% (425 of 1,008) and they relinquish 30.7 boards per game as a basketball team. They are conceding 33.3% on three-point shots and they are 117th in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (68.0).
The Arizona Wildcats played the Utah Utes and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 73-58 in their last contest. Arizona finished the contest having earned a 37.0% FG percentage (20 out of 54) and made 2 out of their 9 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Wildcats converted 16 of their 20 shots for a rate of 80.0%. In relation to rebounding, they collected a total of 32 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 12 dimes in the game as well as having 6 steals and 3 rejections. In reference to defending, Arizona allowed 37.0% from the floor on 20 out of 54 shooting. Utah earned 10 dimes and had 7 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Utes snagged 28 boards (7 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 3 blocked shots. Utah finished shooting 78.6% from the free throw line by burying 11 of 14 attempts. They converted 8 of 15 shots from distance.
Azuolas Tubelis is one player who was a major contributor for this game. He totaled 17 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 32 minutes and also collected 7 rebounds. Tubelis ended up shooting 62.5% from the field but had no assists when the time ran out. Someone else that came through in this game for the Wildcats was James Akinjo. He snagged 2 rebounds and also had 3 assists. He finished the contest at 22.2% from the floor for the contest by connecting on 2-of-9 (10 points). When this game wrapped up, Akinjo was on the court for 30 minutes.
Colorado has a mark of 13-5 this season. The Buffaloes have committed 16.3 fouls every game while shooting 84.1% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.4 times per contest (105th in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 10.8 times per game. Colorado has earned 1,357 pts so far this year (75.4 per game) and they grab 35.6 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Buffaloes are connecting on 45.5% from the floor, which is ranked 113th in the country. The Buffaloes on the defensive side of the court are 41st in D-1 in PPG given up with 63.8. They have forced 13.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.2% from the field (132nd in college basketball). The Colorado defense gives up 33.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (118 of 350) and opponents are connecting on 73.6% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 11.5 assists and 31.1 rebounds every game, ranking them 78th and 37th in the country.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Colorado Buffaloes went home defeated by a final of 77-74 when they faced the Utah Utes. The Buffaloes collected 21 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 27 in this contest. They also turned away 3 attempts while getting 5 steals for the contest. The Utes earned 12 fouls in the game which took the Buffaloes to the charity stripe for a total of 6 attempts. They were able to make 5 of them for a rate of 83.3%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Colorado made 13 of 28 attempts (46.4%). Overall, the Buffaloes ended up shooting 28 out of 61 from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.9%. The Buffaloes permitted the Utes to make 26 out of 52 attempts from the floor which had them at 50.0% in this matchup. They finished shooting 45.0% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 9 out of 20 and finished the contest at 16 of 19 from the free throw line (84.2%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Colorado permitted Utah to snag 29 in all (4 on the offensive glass).
McKinley Wright ended up having an impact for the Buffaloes in this matchup. He buried 5 of 14 for this game giving him a rate of 35.7%, which gave him 15 points. Wright pulled down 2 boards in his 25 minutes played and had 4 assists for the matchup. Another guy that was important for Colorado was Jeriah Horne. He finished with 10 points in 23 minutes played by way of 4 out of 7 from the floor for this contest. Horne finished going 57.1% from the field and also contributing 2 dimes and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Colorado (-5)
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