The Buffaloes and Wildcats are set to face off at 9:30 ET on ESPN. The Wildcats will host the game at McKale Center in Tucson, AZ. This Pac-12 conference matchup has an over/under of 162.5 points, and the Wildcats are favored to win at home vs. the Buffaloes.

COLORADO BUFFALOES VS ARIZONA WILDCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Colorado Buffaloes +11

This game will be played at McKale Center at 9:30 ET on Thursday, January 4th.

WHY BET THE COLORADO BUFFALOES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Wildcats.
  • Even though we have Arizona winning straight-up, we like Colorado at +11.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 162.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can Colorado Stun the Crowd at McKale Center?

Colorado improved their record to 11-2 after defeating Washington State 74-67 in their last game. In their previous ten road games, including those from last year, Colorado has a record of 3-7. As Colorado enters today's game, their ATS record stands at 7-5-1. Over their last five games, the team has gone 3-1-1 vs. the spread.

After 13 games, Colorado has an over/under record of 7-6-0, with their games averaging a combined 153.1 points per game so far. Looking at the Buffaloes' last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 with their games averaging 150 points per game.

Against Washington State, the Colorado had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 84.2 points per game. They scored 74 points and posted a field goal percentage of 50% in the game. The top scorer for the Buffaloes was KJ Simpson with 34 points, while J'vonne Hadley also added 12 to the scoreboard.

At present, the Buffaloes' defense is nationally ranked 100th, allowing 68.8 points per game. Colorado's three-point defense is currently 108th in the country at 6.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.5% of their shots vs. Colorado.

Can the Wildcats Offense Score Enough at Home?

Arizona, who has a 10-3 record, will be taking on Colorado today. In their previous ten home games, Arizona has a 9-1 record, which includes last year. As of today, Arizona holds a 10-3 ATS record. In their last ten games, Arizona has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Arizona have had an average of 165.7 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 159.2 points. Their over/under record is 7-6-0. Over the course of the last five games, the Wildcats' games have averaged 177 points per game, along with an over/under record of 4-1.

The Arizona offense is coming off a game in which they scored 82 points vs. Stanford. Overall their field goal percentage was 43.8% while connecting on 7 threes. On the offensive front, the Wildcats have a season-long field goal percentage of 49%, ranking 42nd nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 101st in terms of percentage and 172nd in three-pointers made.

So far, the Wildcats' defense is ranked 188th in the country at 73.4 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Arizona defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Stanford knocked down 16 three-pointers on their way to 100 points.