Colorado Buffaloes at Arizona Wildcats Free Prediction 01/18/20

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The Arizona Wildcats (12-5, 2-2 Pac-12) and their outstanding offense welcome the 20th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes (14-3, 4-1 Pac-12) and their exceptional defense. Action begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Odds

Both teams were victorious over their last opponent. The Wildcats defeated the Utah Runnin’ Utes 93-77, while the Buffaloes beat the Arizona State Sun Devils 68-61.

The Buffaloes made 19 of their 26 free throws (73.1 percent) and held the Sun Devils to an effective field goal percentage of 0.386 (below their season average of 0.481). Meanwhile, Arizona played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 34.3 (above their season average of 30.0) and a turnover percentage of 12.8 (better than their season average of 14.5). Utah put up marks of 25.7 and 16.3, respectively, for those same stats. Max Hazzard played a key role for Arizona with 24 points. Colorado was led by Tyler Bey, who had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

This was a highly competitive series last year, as the teams split their two games last season. The Buffaloes won the most recent contest 67-60. Converting at the free throw line was one of Colorado’s biggest strengths. They were 14-16 (87.5 percent), while the Wildcats were just 4-10 (40.0 percent). This is the first time these teams will clash this year.

The Buffaloes’ Bey has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 14 points,9.0 rebounds,1.6 steals per game. Meanwhile, Zeke Nnaji has averaged 18 points,12.4 rebounds,1.2 blocks during that same time frame for the Wildcats.

The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the productive offense of Arizona takes on the stingy defense of Colorado. The Wildcats rank fifth in offensive efficiency, while the Buffaloes are 14th in defensive efficiency. Additionally, the Buffaloes rank 20th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.287), while the Wildcats rank 292nd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.267).

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Colorado, ATS Winner – Colorado, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Arizona ranks eighth in steals allowed per game (4.5) while Colorado ranks 183rd (7.9).
  • The Buffaloes rank 29th in rebounds allowed per game (31.4) while the Wildcats rank 92nd (33.8).
  • Arizona averages 4.1 blocks per game, which ranks 63rd in the country. Colorado ranks 105th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
  • The Wildcats rank 10th in assists per game (17.0) while the Buffaloes rank 109th (13.7).
  • Colorado ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (18.1) while Arizona ranks 121st (21.5).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Buffaloes have scored an average of 80.0 points per game (7.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 61.6 points per game (0.4 above their season average).
  • The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.6, down from 15.6 for the season.