Free NCAA Basketball Picks for Colorado vs. Arizona

Jeff Grant

Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:59 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 1:59 PM GMT

The Arizona Wildcats and Colorado Buffaloes are two of the best rebounding teams in the country, as they prepare to meet up for the first time this season Thursday night. With this being said where should we consider placing our cash for our college basketball picks?

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Pac-12 Conference matchup at the McKale Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Life without its star

Colorado snapped a two-game losing streak in picking up a 83-62 victory over the USC Trojans as 11-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in three contests.

The Buffaloes are still making adjustments on the offensive end, as they prepare to play their third game without starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who is out for the year with a knee injury that was suffered Jan. 12.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 0-2 SU and 2-0 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points.

Perfection

Arizona is the top-ranked team in the country with a 18-0 SU and 13-4 ATS record, as it comes off a dominating 91-68 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils as 14.5-point home favorites a week ago.

The Wildcats employ a balanced offensive attack—having at least four double-figure scorers in 13 of their 18 games.

Junior guard Nick Johnson is the team’s leading scorer, as he enters averaging 16.3 points a contest.

Taking on the best

College basketball handicappers should think twice about placing a money line wager on the Buffaloes, considering they’ve lost all 15 prior meetings against the No. 1 team in the country.

Colorado is capable of making this a competitive game, as it has compiled a 2-2 SUATS record in the last four meetings in this series.

Rebounding

The Wildcats have out-rebounded 17 of their 18 opponents during the 2013-14 campaign, which has played a major part in outscoring foes by an average of 13.9 points a game in the paint.

Arizona is one of only three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offensive and defensive rebound percentage.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for their college basketball picks, as the UNDER is 12-3 in the Buffaloes’ last 15 road games.

College Basketball Pick: Under

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