Was Arizona State overrated? The Sun Devils are still fourth in the country but are 0-1 in the Pac-12 as they head to struggling Colorado in conference action on Thursday night. The Buffs lost their lone game vs. a ranked team this season. ASU is the NCAAB lines favorite for this matchup.
How to Bet Arizona State at Colorado NCAAB Lines & Expert Pick
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When: Thursday, 8:30 PM ET
Where: Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colo.
TV: Pac-12 Network
Radio: 92.3 FM (Arizona State) / KOA 850 AM (Colorado)
Opening NCAAB Lines: ASU -9.5
Latest NCAAB Betting Trends
- Arizona State is 9-1-2 ATS in the last 12 games
- Arizona State is 12-1 SU in the last 13 games
- The total went UNDER in 5 of Arizona State’s last 7 games
- Colorado is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 games
- Colorado is 1-5 SU in the last 6 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games when playing Arizona State
Not all Pac-12 programs play the other teams in the conference twice because. Arizona State and Colorado met just once last year and ASU won 78-77. Tra Holder made two free throws with 1.6 seconds left. Holder grabbed the rebound of teammate Torian Graham’s missed 3-pointer and was fouled by Derrick White as he threw up a shot. Holder is the biggest star of this year’s team. Xavier Johnson scored 13 on 6-of-7 shooting for the Buffaloes but was ejected along with Arizona State’s Jethro Tshisumpa after an altercation with 1:27 left in the first half. There were 14 lead changes in the final 10:47.
ASU and CU have split 10 games since the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12. CU got a sweep in 2011-12 and ASU got a sweep in 2012-13. ASU has won five of the past eight after CU swept the original Pac-12 series.
Why Bet on ASU’s NCAAB Lines?
The Sun Devils (12-1, 0-1) lost at rival Arizona, a great team, 84-78 on Saturday. The Sun Devils entered the evening as the nation’s lone undefeated team after Villanova and TCU lost earlier in the day.
ASU couldn’t stop Wildcats 7-foot NBA top prospect Deandre Ayton, who finished with 23 points and 19 rebounds. The Sun Devils finished with just four less defensive boards and two less points in the paint while outrebounding the Wildcats by three offensively despite being much smaller. Coach Bobby Hurley’s team also led in bench points (22-14) and in fast-break scoring (19-12).
How Has Tra Holder Been This Season?
Holder continued his case for Pac-12 Player of the Year honors with 31 points and five rebounds, while the Sun Devils showed poise to fight back after being down 12 points twice despite shooting just 38 percent on the road. Holder leads the Pac-12 in scoring (22.0 ppg) and is the only player in the league with three 30-point games. In the two true road games this year, he posted 29 at Kansas and 31 at Arizona. In the five games away from home, he is averaging 23.6 points and is 40-of-48 (.833) from the foul line in those games and 14-of-30 (.467) from the three-point stripe.
Holder’s 40 points on Nov. 24 vs. Nov. 15 Xavier was the fourth 40-point effort in the NCAA this season and was the first 40-point performance by a Pac-12 player against a non-conference opponent since Sun Devil Jahii Carson dropped 40 on UNLV on Nov. 19, 2013. It is the most points scored by a Sun Devil against a ranked team.
ASU ranks fifth in the nation in scoring (90.7 ppg.) and is in the top five in free throws made (261) and attempted (359). ASU has only played one single-digit game, but yet has come back from deficits of at least nine points in five games.
Why Bet on Colorado’s NCAAB Lines?
Things have gone just as expected for Tad Boyle’s young squad in Boulder, as they opened up conference play with two tough road outings against the Oregon schools. In those two games, the Buffaloes (8-6, 0-2) struggled mightily on the defensive end of the floor, allowing their opposition to shoot 51.5 percent from the floor while shooting just under 39 percent on the offensive end.
CU is off a 77-62 loss at Oregon. The Buffs shot just 42 percent from the floor (25-for-59) and just 31 percent from 3-point range (7-for-22), and also committed 20 turnovers, which the Ducks converted into 18 points. Oregon also shot 51 percent from the field (26-for-51). After CU had whittled Oregon’s lead to four early in the second half, the Ducks put together a 13-2 run to take control for good. It was the second straight game the Buffs outrebounded an opponent but still lost.
What Has Happened So Far for Colorado?
In the Buffs’ last four losses — San Diego, Iowa, Oregon State and Oregon — Colorado has fallen behind by at least five points in roughly the first six minutes of the game. San Diego built a 9-4 lead early, Iowa was up 12-4, Oregon State led 15-7 and Oregon had a 13-2 edge. The turnover issue has been a major problem the last two games, with 18 miscues against Oregon State and 20 against Oregon.
CU freshman McKinley Wright leads the team with 16 points per game, and can rebound and dish the ball out efficiently by tallying five rebounds and assists per game. Of the seven Buffs who have started at least six games this season, only two — Wright and Dominique Collier — have more assists than turnovers.
Colorado is averaging 74.4 points per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Overall, the Buffaloes have been balancing in scoring with three players averaging double-figures and six averaging between six and 16 points an outing. Defensively, Colorado is allowing 73.7 points per game while holding opponents to 43.1 percent shooting and 34.9 percent from 3-point range.
Expert Prediction & NCAAB Betting Pick
Arizona State will win but Colorado will rally late to cover the spread.