Thursday's Pac-12 Tips
January 16, 2014
By Brian Edwards
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**UCLA at Colorado**
-- As of early this morning, most betting shops had UCLA (13-3 straight up, 9-6 against the spread) installed as a 1.5-point road favorite with a total of 153.
-- UCLA is off to a 2-1 start in Pac-12 play with home wins over USC and Arizona St. sandwiched between a 79-75 home loss to undefeated Arizona. The Bruins bounced back from the loss to the Wildcats and blasted Arizona St. 87-72 on Sunday at Pauley Pavilion. Zach Lavine scored a team-high 19 points, while Kyle Anderson nearly went for a triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
-- Anderson is enjoying a sensational season to date. The sophomore forward has length, a gorgeous shooting touch and the ability to penetrate off the bounce. Anderson is averaging team-highs in rebounds (9.3 RPG), assists (6.6 APG) and blocks (0.9 BPG). He is scoring at an average of 15.3 PPG while making 52.2 percent of his shots from the field and 48.0 percent from behind the 3-point line.
-- Colorado (14-3 SU, 9-7 ATS) took a huge hit Sunday when its best player Spencer Dinwiddie was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Dinwiddie, a 6-6 junior slasher, was leading the Buffaloes in scoring (14.7 PPG), assists (3.8 APG) and steals (1.5 SPG).
-- CU is mired in a 1-5 ATS slump. After Dinwiddie went down Sunday at Washington, the Buffs never recovered and lost 71-54 as four-point road 'chalk.' Josh Scott had a team-best 15 points, while Wesley Gordon finished with 11 points, 13 boards and four blocked shots.
-- The 'over' is 8-7 overall for CU, 6-4 in its home games. The Buffs have seen the 'over' go 4-2 in their last six outings.
-- Totals have been an overall wash (7-7) for the Bruins, but they have seen three consecutive 'overs.' Steve Alford's team who the 'under' cash in its only true road assignment of the season, an 80-71 loss at Missouri.
-- Tad Boyle's team is 2-1 ATS as an underdog this year. In its lone home 'dog situation, Colorado beat Kansas 75-72 as a 1.5-point puppy.
-- Since joining the Pac-12, CU has lost both head-to-head meetings against UCLA both SU and ATS. The 'over' hit in contests.
-- The Pac-12 Network will provide television coverage at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
**Arizona State at Arizona**
-- As of early this morning, most books had Arizona (17-0 SU, 12-4 ATS) listed as a 12-point favorite with a total of 133. Gamblers can take the Sun Devils on the money line for a +600 return (risk $100 to win $600).
-- Sean Miller's team has been a double-digit favorite 12 times this year, compiling an 8-4 spread record. The Wildcats have cashed tickets at a 6-1 clip in their last seven lined games. They own a 7-3 ATS mark at home.
-- Arizona is coming off of Sunday's 73-53 win at Southern Cal as a 13-point road favorite. T.J. McConnell and Brandon Ashley scored a 19 points apiece for the Wildcats. Nick Johnson added 15 points and five steals, while freshman sensation Aaron Gordon chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.
-- Arizona State (13-4 SU, 9-6 ATS) has failed to cover the number in both previous underdog situations. The Sun Devils got smashed at UCLA (87-72) and vs. Creighton (88-60) on a neutral court.
-- ASU is 2-2 both SU and ATS in Pac-12 action. Herb Sendek's squad has blowout victories vs. Washington St. and Southern Cal, but it got beat by the Bruins and lost at home to Washington as a 10.5-point 'chalk.'
-- ASU is led by sophomore guard Jahii Carson, who is averaging 18.1 PPG and is splashing the nets from deep at a 46.0 percent clip. Penn St. transfer Jermaine Marshall is averaging 15.6 PPG.
-- The 'under' is 11-4 overall for Arizona, 7-2 in its nine lined home games. The Wildcats have seen the 'under' cash at a 10-2 clip in their last 12 lined outings.
-- The 'under' is 11-3 overall for ASU, 8-1 in its last nine lined games.
-- Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
**B.E.'s Bonus Nuggets**
-- Xavier rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit last night to beat Georgetown 80-67 as a five-point home favorite. The Musketeers outscored the Hoyas 44-14 in the last 15 minutes.
-- Navy has suspended its leading scorer and assists man for the rest of the season. Tilman Dunbar, who was averaging 11.9 points and 5.0 assists per game, and sophomore guard Phil Guglielmo are done for the year for a violation of Naval academy rules.
-- Despite a plethora of talent, Baylor looks like a bubble team again. Scott Drew is becoming notorious for recruiting future NBA players and failing to develop team chemistry with those talented players. Last night was a classic example as an inferior Texas Tech team jumped all over the Bears early and often. The Red Raiders led 43-22 at intermission and cruised to victory as 4.5-point home underdogs.
-- Louisville will be without starting point guard Chris Jones tonight when it hosts Houston in an AAC showdown. Jones, who is averaging 11.1 points and 2.9 assists per game, is dealing with an oblique injury.
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