The Wildcats #6 Arizona recently struggled to get to court due to a number of COVID-related postponements. Thankfully, they got back into action tonight for the second time in three weeks against the Colorado Buffaloes at home. Colorado enters this game on a five-game winning streak after beating Washington 78-64 on Sunday and is currently 11-3 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12.
The Buffaloes will go empty-handed with the Wildcats, who remain undefeated in the conference game. Their lone loss of the season was against the Tennessee Volunteers back before Christmas. They’ve only played once since but put together a bold 95-79 win over Washington.
Here are the odds for this Pac-12 match, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Total: 152.5 (Over -115/Under -105)
Arizona doesn’t like to waste time getting the ball into the box and ranks fourth in adjusted tempo. This will be an interesting match as Colorado has the opposite philosophy and prefers a slower, more structured approach. This is why the Buffaloes rank 256th in adjusted tempo.
Colorado’s Patience Offense is led by Jabari Walker, who is averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He has legitimate NBA talent and can take over a game on any given night. The Buffaloes also have the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week reigning Julian Hammond.
One area that will help Colorado a lot is the ability to foul and slow down the game by stopping the clock. Colorado’s opponents are averaging more than 20 individual fouls per game. One out of every four possessions has a foul. I think while the Buffaloes defense has problems stopping the Wildcats, they can lose their tempo and rhythm.
They will have to because Arizona is the highest scoring program in the nation right now with an average of 89.9 points per game. In fact, Arizona leads the nation in PPG, goal percentage, assists per game, rebounds per game, and assists per goal taken. So saying they are the best offense in the country is not an exaggeration.
Colorado can only try and slow this game down for so long. Eventually, the pace of the game will be pushed out of the Buffaloes’ comfort zone and it will be difficult for them to keep up. Probably can’t.
Pick: Arizona Wildcats -15 (-110)
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