College Basketball Picks: Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Arizona Wildcats

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IJanuary 16, 2014

College Basketball Picks: Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Arizona Wildcats

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    The Arizona Wildcats are 5-0 straight up and 4-1 against the spread as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks, as they prepare to take on the Arizona Wildcats at the McKale Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Wildcats are 11.5-point home favorites in the NCAA basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 133 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Pac-12 Conference matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

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Arizona State Sun Devils

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    The Sun Devils have split their first four Pac-12 Conference games. They will be attempting to bounce back from an 87-72 defeat to the UCLA Bruins as 6.5-point road underdogs.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, they are 1-4 straight up and against the spread as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points.

Arizona Wildcats

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    The Wildcats have won their first 17 games of the 2013-14 campaign, including a 73-53 victory over the USC Trojans as 13-point road favorites Sunday.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Wildcats have won the rebounding battle in 16 of their 17 affairs.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Arizona Wildcats, as the favorite has covered the number in four of the last five meetings in this series.

    College Basketball Pick: Arizona Wildcats -11.5

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