NCAA Basketball Picks: Colorado vs. Arizona

Jeff Grant

Friday, March 14, 2014 5:06 PM GMT

The Arizona Wildcats are focused on trying to gain the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which should lead to an easy victory against the Colorado Buffaloes Friday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Pac-12 Conference semifinal matchup at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network.

Familiar score

Colorado has opened up this event with a pair of 59-56 victories over the USC Trojans and California Golden Bears, while it has gone UNDER the betting total in five consecutive contests.

The Buffaloes are 13-5 SU in postseason games the last four years, while they can tie a school record with 24 wins with a victory in this spot.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 18-25 SU and 25-18 ATS as underdogs.

Looking like a title contender

Arizona is one of the favorites to cut down the nets at the end of the year, especially after sports bettors watched the program pick up a 71-39 blowout win over the Utah Utes Thursday.

The Wildcats’ four Pac-12 Tournament titles are a league high, while they’ve already secured their 13th regular-season championship.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 12-6 SU and 10-8 ATS on a neutral floor since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

Trouble scoring

The Buffaloes are going to be difficult to back on the SBR Odds page, considering they’ve scored 65 or fewer points in seven consecutive games, as they meet up with a team that held them to 118 combined points in two regular-season meetings.

Colorado has also dropped five of seven games versus ranked opponents this season.

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All about defense

There’s no question that the Wildcats are one of the best defensive teams in the country, as they rank fifth in allowing just 58.2 points per game, which is helped by possessing a +8.5 rebounding margin.

Arizona does its best work on the interior—limiting opponents to 40.8 percent shooting inside the arc.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wildcats as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as I developed a handicapper line favoring them by 12.5 points in this affair.

Pick: Arizona Wildcats -11

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