NCAA Basketball Picks: Arizona vs. Colorado

PJ Laferla

Thursday, February 14, 2013 3:18 PM GMT

Our college basketball pick of the night comes out of the PAC-12 conference, where the number 9 Arizona Wildcats and Colorado Buffaloes lock horns in a classic rivalry matchup.

Both schools will be battling for the win, but find out below which team we are siding with to beat the betting odds.

NCAAB PICKS: PAC-12 Betting Matchup, Arizona vs. Colorado

The Arizona Wildcats (20-3 SU, 5-4 ATS away) will be on the road this evening, as they prepare to face conference rivals, the Colorado Buffaloes (16-7 SU, 7-3 ATS home) in a matchup that features revenge as the motivating factor to win, while both teams will attempt to beat the college basketball betting odds.

Tip off in this one is set for 10:00 PM EST from the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colorado and can be seen live on television, with broadcast coverage provided by the PAC-12 Network.

The current odds line on the game has the visiting team Arizona Wildcats listed as -2 ½ favorites on the road, while the over/under total is coming in at 135 ½ points.

Arizona Wildcats

The number nine ranked Wildcats come into this matchup with 20 straight up wins on the year compared to just 3 losses; and as a result are the top team in the PAC-12 Conference.

However, Arizona’s stellar play hasn’t translated well for us bettors as of late. In fact, Arizona is just 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 games overall, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 when facing a team with a winning straight up record and 0-4 ATS in their last four matchups played on a Thursday.

With that said, Arizona has done a fine job covering the point spread on the road, as they are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games during their travels.

Arizona features and offense that scores an average of 74.5 points per game, while their defense is holding opponents to fewer than 63 points (62.6) a night.

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Colorado Buffaloes

The Buffaloes enter play tonight having won two games in a row straight up and five of its last six overall; and their recent success has also proved positive results for us bettors.

Colorado is 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games played at home.  Additionally, Colorado is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games that follow a straight up win, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games that follow a game where they covered the point spread and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 contests played on a Thursday.

Colorado features offense that scores an average of 69.6 points per game, while their defense is holding opponents to fewer than 65 points (64.4) a night.

The Pick

Colorado, who is clearly one of the hottest teams in the PAC-12 right now, will attempt to avenge last month’s loss to Arizona, but I don’t anticipate them succeeding in this one tonight. Put Arizona down on your basketball picks to once again beat the Buffaloes while also covering the point spread.

NCAAB Picks: Arizona -2 ½

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