NCAA Basketball Picks Arizona vs. Arizona State

Jeff Grant

Friday, February 14, 2014 12:40 PM GMT

The Arizona State Wildcats have performed well at home over the past two years, as they prepare to take on the Arizona Wildcats Friday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Pac-12 Conference matchup at Wells Fargo Arena.

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Back on track

Arizona has won back-to-back games since suffering its only loss of the 2013-14 campaign, as it comes off a 76-54 victory over the Oregon State Beavers as 16-point home favorites Sunday.

The Wildcats own a Pac-12-best 29 true road wins since the 2009-10 campaign, but they dropped a 60-58 decision to the California Golden Bears in their last affair outside of Tucson.  

Getting on a roll

Arizona State is 5-1 SU and 2-4 ATS over its last six games, as it looks to build off a 74-72 victory over the Oregon Ducks as three-point home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in four contests.

The Sun Devils have compiled a solid 29-5 SU record at this venue the past two seasons, but they’ve gone 5-14 ATS in February the last two-plus seasons.

All about defense

College basketball handicappers will have an interest in backing the Wildcats when looking over the SBR Odds page, considering they rank seventh nationally in field goal percentage defense and fourth in scoring defense.

Arizona paces the country in effective defensive efficiency—allowing just 86.8 points per 100 possessions.  

Even series—recently

In the past seven seasons, each team in this in-state rivalry has won seven games in the series, and only the UCLA Bruins with nine wins have more victories over Arizona than the Sun Devils.

Arizona State has plenty of offensive firepower to threaten the No. 2 team in the country, with guards Jahii Carson and Jermaine Marshall combining to score 34.6 points a contest.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Sun Devils as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the home team has covered the number in four of the last five meetings in this series.

Pick: Arizona State Sun Devils +5.5

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