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Colorado to Cover Spread vs No. 10 Arizona

In the early part of the season, it seemed like No.10 Arizona (10-3, 1-1) was going to be a lock to win the Pac-12. However, NCAA basketball lines could be getting interesting given how the Colorado Buffaloes (11-2 ,2-0) are playing, and the first game between these teams could get exciting.

The Buffaloes have won six straight after beating Washington State 74-67 behind an impressive performance from KJ Simpson, who scored a season-high 34 points. On the other hand, the Wildcats were shocked by Stanford, losing 100-82 and being outplayed all over the court.

Colorado to Cover Spread vs No. 10 Arizona
Colorado to Cover Spread vs No. 10 Arizona

Colorado vs Arizona Game Information

  • Game: Colorado (11-2) vs Arizona (10-3)
  • Location: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
  • Day/Time: Thursday, Jan. 4, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Colorado vs Arizona Live Stream: TBS.com


Arizona looked like it would run off with the Pac-12, but Colorado is a team that is making things interesting. Colorado should be able to remain in striking distance of the Wildcats, possibly challenging NCAA basketball spreads on the road.

Colorado vs Arizona Odds and Spreads

  • Over is 6-0 in Buffaloes last 6 games as a favorite of 13.0 or greater.
  • Over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Over is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 games as a favorite.
  • Over is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 overall.
  • Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite of 13.0 or greater.
  • Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
  • Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite of 13.0 or greater.
  • Buffaloes are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games as a road favorite.

Against the Spread Pick: Colorado +12½

Colorado is not the ranked team in this matchup, but it still has an excellent chance to cover college basketball spreads. The Buffaloes have been no stranger to ranked opponents, losing to Colorado State and beating Miami earlier in the season.

On top of that, Colorado has been playing well, led by the play of Simpson. He averages 21.1 points on the season, the most in the Pac-12. During this six-game winning streak, Simpson is averaging 22.3 points and has scored at least 20 over the last five.

The play of Simpson alone is a big reason Colorado has a chance in college basketball lines. This might be one of his tougher matchups this season, but Simpson also had 30 points in the loss to Colorado State and 20 in the win over Miami.

Over/Under Pick: Over 159

This game almost feels tailor-made to hit the over in college basketball picks. This matchup features the top two offenses in the Pac-12 in Arizona (92.3 points per game) and Colorado (84.2).

Colorado puts up points through Simpson but also has TristanDa Silva, who averages 15.7 points. However, Arizona has five players averaging double-digit points, led by Caleb Love (17.4). That has led to the Wildcats having the fourth-best offense in the nation, according to points per game.

It also helps that Stanford exposed Arizona’s defense in the last game. The Wildcats gave up 100 points, which Colorado has the talent to use to its advantage. That helps Colorado cover the spread but also pushes this game over the points total.

Team Prop: Arizona First Half Win (-450)

After an embarrassing loss to Stanford in the last game, Arizona should be coming out looking to redeem itself against Colorado. Plus, being at home should help the Wildcats get up to an early lead in the first half of the game, but the Buffaloes will be able to close the gap in the second.

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Colorado vs Arizona Score Prediction

Arizona 84, Colorado 78



Questions of the Day

Will Colorado cover the spread against Arizona?

Colorado has a good chance to cover the spread against Arizona because of how good its offense has been this season.

How have Colorado and Arizona performed in their recent head-to-head matchups?

Arizona has won seven of the last 10 matchups against Colorado, including the previous two.


The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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