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Colorado vs Arizona Prediction, Preview, Stream, Odds, & Picks

Wildcats Look To Keep Pace for Pac-12 Championship

Buffaloes Eye Marquee Win for Tournament Resume

The Colorado Buffaloes are squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble, and a victory against the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats would go a long way toward securing their bid. The Buffaloes have a NET ranking of 64 and are 3-5 in Quad 1 games and 3-2 in Quad 2 games.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats are a game behind the UCLA Bruins for a regular season conference championship. There is plenty at stake for their March Madness odds.

KJ Simpson #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes
KJ Simpson #2 of the Colorado Buffaloes Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/afp

Let’s check the latest college basketball news, stats, injury reports and college basketball lines for Colorado vs Arizona. We’ve got plenty of NCAA basketball picks for you to consider.

Colorado’s Defense To Be Tested In A Large Way

The Colorado Buffaloes have played excellent defense for a majority of the NCAAB season. They rank 70th in allowing 65.7 points per game, 72nd in allowing teams to convert 41.7% on field goal attempts, and 97th in holding teams to 32.3% on 3-point shots.

Offensively, the Buffaloes are 193rd in scoring 70.7 points per game, but their efficiency is bothersome. They convert 43.8% of field goal attempts, which ranks 230th, and 32.0% of 3-point shots, which ranks 296th. Colorado is 260th in making 69.2% of its free throw attempts.

The Buffaloes are 10-16-1 against the spread and 12-15 on over/unders. They also are 2-8 straight up away from home. College basketball lines have had the Buffaloes as underdogs eight times, sporting a 4-3-1 record against the spread.

Wildcats Must Play Within Themselves

The challenge for Arizona is going to be on the offensive end. They like to play at a quick pace, which skews their defensive numbers some, so they will have to ensure they hit their shots.

They are seventh nationally in scoring 83.4 points per game, ninth in making 49.1% of field goal attempts, and 41st in making 37.1% of 3-point shots. The ‘Cats are seventh in rebounding 37.1 times per game.

Defensively, Arizona is 214th in allowing 70.7 points per game, but it is 35th in holding teams to 40.6% on field goal attempts and 116th in limiting opponents to 32.6% on 3-point shots. The Wildcats are 133rd defensively in rebounding, allowing 30.4 per contest.

Arizona is 13-13-1 against the spread and 14-13 on over/under this season. The Wildcats are 14-1 straight up at home and 10-9 against the spread as favorites.

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Colorado vs Arizona Head-to-Head

Scores and odds show the teams have split the previous four meetings. Though the Arizona Wildcats hold the all-time series lead with 23 wins to the Colorado Buffaloes’ 16.

That record includes a 13-3 mark in Tucson, where the Buffaloes have not won since Dec. 20, 1965.

Arizona has covered five of the last six meetings, while the over is 3-2 in the last five. This is the first meeting between the programs in the 2022-23 season.

Colorado vs Arizona Game Information

  • Game: Colorado (15-12) vs Arizona (23-4)
  • Location: McKale Center
  • Day/Time: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET
  • Colorado vs Arizona Live Stream: TBS

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Colorado vs Arizona Picks and Prediction

The Colorado Buffaloes recently lost their third leading scorer in j’Vonne Hadley, to a hand injury, which will sideline him for the rest of the season. Still, the tandem of forward Tristan Da Silva and KJ Simpson is lethal, with each averaging better than 16.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

The sportsbook will surely reflect that injury, though. The Arizona Wildcats will look to wear down the Buffaloes, who are at a depth deficiency, with some tempo on live ball turnovers and otherwise. Five players are averaging at least ten or more points for the ‘Cats.

The size advantage in the paint is something that few teams are able to match. Forward Azuolas Tubelis and center Oumar Ballo are incredible forces as the top two scorers and rebounders. The complementary guards of Courtney Ramey, Kerr Kriisa, and Pelle Larsson have the Wildcats as a Final Four contender.

Arizona does not lose very often at home, and with a conference championship on the line, the crowd will show up and be loud for Tommy Lloyd’s team. Expect the Wildcats to stay on the tails of the UCLA Bruins.

The Arizona Wildcats are listed at -845 in our Vegas college basketball Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Wildcats, you have a chance to win $12. The Colorado Buffaloes are +585, offering a chance to win $585.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines give the Wildcats a 89.42% chance to win, with the Buffaloes at 14.60%.

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