The No. 2 Arizona Wildcats (25-2, 15-1 Pac-12) and Colorado Buffaloes (18-10, 10-8) clash Saturday in Boulder, Colo. The tussle at the CU Events Center is slated to tip off at 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Arizona vs. Colorado odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Arizona beat Colorado 76-55 in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 13. UA outshot CU by a wide margin in that contest, and the Wildcats also controlled the boards with a 41-31 advantage. And that’s Arizona in a nutshell this season: a significant shooting edge at both ends, especially inside the arc, and a strong rebounding game.
The Buffaloes were struggling on offense when they met Arizona the first time around. From Jan. 13-Feb. 3, Colorado averaged just 60.9 points per game on a 38.2% mark from the field. Since Feb. 3, the Buffs have averaged 77.0 PPG while shooting 48.7%. CU is 5-1 over that span.
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Arizona at Colorado odds, spread and lines
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- Money line: Arizona -550 (bet $550 to win $100) | Colorado +400 (bet $100 to win $400)
- Against the spread (ATS): Arizona -9.5 (-115) | Colorado +9.5 (-107)
- Over/Under (O/U): 150.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
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Arizona at Colorado odds, lines, picks and predictions
Arizona 82, Colorado 72
There’s little value risking five-and-a-half times your return on Arizona today. PASS.
The Wildcats have looked sharp in recent road games that fit as decent comps for this contest in Boulder. They are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games against teams with a winning home record. The Buffaloes are 0-4 ATS in their last four games as a home underdog.
Arizona is 4-0 ATS in its last four against Colorado. The way UA takes care of the basketball and the advantage it has in the 2-point game at both ends makes for a sliver of leverage on ARIZONA -9.5 (-115).
CU’s offense has improved of late, and the Buffs are solid from 3-point-land. UA figures to get more than a few transition buckets in this game. And both sides are good enough on the offensive glass.
That all makes for a moderate-to-strong lean on the OVER 150.5 (-115).
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