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Colorado vs Arizona Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Upset-Minded Buffaloes Look to Take Down Top Seed in Pac-12 Semis

Arizona Eyeing No. 1 seed in NCAAs

If Colorado didn’t have the attention of Arizona before their late-February matchup, the Buffaloes’ 79-63 win changed all of that. There will be no looking past Colorado in Friday’s Pac-12 semifinals for the favored Wildcats.

Arizona is in position for a No. 1 seed in the March Madness bracket while Colorado could use a win over the top-seeded Wildcats to boost its chances of receiving a tournament bid.

Colorado vs Arizona Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions
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Colorado is looking to make the Pac-12 title game for the second season in a row while a win would give Arizona its seventh championship game appearance in the last 11 Pac-12 tournaments.

Arizona (+600) has the second-best odds to win the national championship.

Colorado Seeks Encore

Colorado opened a few eyes the last time the Buffaloes squared off against Arizona, and thanks to a stifling defensive effort in the final eight minutes of the first half in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament, the Buffaloes get to go for the encore.

Facing an Oregon team playing without leading scorer Will Richardson due to a non-COVID related illness, the Buffaloes forced Oregon to miss 13 of its last 14 field goal attempts in the half. Colorado, once down by as many of seven points in the first half, led by six at halftime and never trailed again.

Colorado had a season-high 55 rebounds, including 17 on the offensive end, to increase the Buffaloes’ March Madness odds.

Jabari Walker had 18 points and 16 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season while Evan Battey recorded his first double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Rebounding and defense were crucial when Colorado stunned Arizona 79-63 in late February as the Buffaloes outrebounded Arizona 35-33 and held one of the nation’s top offensive teams to 39 percent shooting.

Colorado has covered against the Las Vegas odds in six of its last seven games.

Arizona Escapes Upset Bid by Stanford

Top-seeded teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East barely survived in their postseason openers while defending national champion Baylor went down in the Big 12 tourney. Arizona nearly joined the Bears as upset victims.

Stanford led the top-seeded Wildcats with 3:26 to play in the Pac-12 quarterfinals. Christian Koloko had a pair of baskets and Pelle Larsson converted on a pair of foul shots with eight seconds left as Arizona held on for the 84-80 win.

Koloko had a season-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting while Bennedict Mathurin added 20 points for Arizona, which is a win away from its first Pac-12 title game since 2018.

“It was good to get tested today,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd told the media after the game. “Obviously, Stanford gave us everything we wanted and then some. I love this time of the year. I love coaching in these games. They mean a lot. You’ve got to win or go home.”

Stanford connected on 54 percent of its shots, including 55 percent from 3-point range, so that is something that Arizona will need to clean up in Friday’s semifinal against Colorado.

Six of Arizona’s last seven games went over the college basketball spreads total.

Colorado vs Arizona Head-to-Head

Colorado has won two of the last three meetings with Arizona, including the 79-63 win at home on Feb. 26 as the 9½-point underdog.

Arizona had covered in six of the previous seven matchups and won each of the last six meetings when favored.

Something to consider for those who bet online: Five of the last seven games went under the total, including both meetings this season.

Arizona won 83-67 in the 2018 quarterfinals the last time the teams squared off in the Pac-12 tournament. The Wildcats ended up winning the conference tournament and the run to the championship brought plenty of lofty March Madness predictions for Arizona.

Colorado vs Arizona Game Information

  • Game: Colorado (21-10) vs. Arizona (29-3)
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Day/Time: Friday, 9 p.m. ET
  • Live Stream: Pac-12 Network

Colorado vs Arizona Betting Lines

Colorado vs Arizona Prediction

Plenty of eyes will be on Kerr Kriisa. Arizona’s assists leader left the Stanford game with an ankle injury that certainly didn’t look good.

Arizona leads the Pac-12 in scoring offense and scoring margin as well as setting the pace in both field goal percentage offense and defense.

Colorado is the best 3-point shooting team in the conference and won the previous meeting despite going 4 of 15 from long range. The Buffaloes are also second in the Pac-12 in free-throw percentage.

Colorado will continue to be without Lawson Lovering and Eli Parquet, two of the 10 Buffaloes to average more than 10 minutes per game.

Arizona as a 10-point favorite, a rather interesting number especially with the uncertain status of Kriisa.

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Pick: Colorado Buffaloes +10

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