Arizona State at Colorado: 3/4/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Colorado Buffaloes (19-7) vs Arizona State Sun Devils (10-11)
Game Info: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:00 pm (CU Events Center)
Betting Odds: Colorado Buffaloes -11 -- Over/Under: 147 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to the CU Events Center to take on the 24th ranked Colorado Buffaloes this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Arizona State Sun Devils won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-11 on the season after defeating the Washington State Cougars, 77-74 in OT, this past Saturday. Arizona State allowed Washington State to fight back from a 56-47 deficit with 7:24 left in regulation to force OT, however, the Sun Devils were able to pull out the victory after Remy Martin hit a game-winning three-pointer with just 0.4 seconds left in OT. Arizona State shot 41.5% from the field and 28.0% from beyond the arc while Washington State shot 40.7% from the field and 41.2% from beyond the arc. Arizona State was outrebounded by Washington State by a 42-36 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 16-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was Remy Martin who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, & 2 assists.
On the season, Arizona State is averaging 76.2 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona State has been led by Remy Martin (21.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Alonzo Verge Jr. (12.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Kimani Lawrence (8.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg), & Jaelen Graham (8.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.8 bpg).
Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to average 76.4 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils have a rebound margin of -7.4 and a turnover margin of 4.8.
The 24th ranked Colorado Buffaloes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 19-7 on the season after defeating the UCLA Bruins, 70-61, this past Saturday night. Colorado trailed by a 35-34 margin at halftime, however, the Buffaloes were outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and was able to pull away late after taking a 64-57 lead with 5:14 left in regulation. Colorado shot 46.3% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc while UCLA shot 45.7% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc. Colorado was outrebounded by UCLA by a 31-26 margin, however, the Buffaloes were able to win the turnover battle by a 14-6 margin. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was McKinley Wright IV who had 26 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, Colorado is averaging 73.7 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (15.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Jeriah Horne (11.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), Evan Battey (10.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), & D’Shawn Schwartz (8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 63.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Sun Devils are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Buffaloes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Arizona State has been able to put together some wins as of late, however, as two of those wins came at home against Washington, I am not reading too much into the Sun Devils recently play, especially after needed OT to beat Washington State at home. The Sun Devils have a great player in Remy Martin, however, the Sun Devils have really struggled defensively this season and come into this game ranked just 293rd in scoring defense & 329th in rebound margin. Colorado can at times be inconsistent on the road, however, the Buffaloes have been outstanding at home, posting a 10-1 record, and between the fact that the Buffaloes rank 23rd in scoring defense and that Colorado can matchup Remy Martin with the talented McKinley Wright IV, I think Colorado pulls away in the 2nd half in this one and covers this double-digit home spread. Good Luck!