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#789 Colorado -5 vs.
#790 Arizona State 148
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10:30pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino



#789 University of Colorado Boulder
#790 Arizona State University


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The Arizona State Sun Devils will tip off their season against the Colorado Buffaloes in PAC-12 action from Shanghai, China on Friday night. The Sun Devils had a successful 2018-2019 season that concluded with a 23-11 record. They fell to Buffalo in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Colorado Buffaloes posted a 23-13 record and lost in the quarterfinals of the NIT Tournament. Each team recorded one win in last year’s two-game season series.

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Arizona State Loses Top Scorer, Remain Competitive

The Arizona State Sun Devils are sporting a talented roster that should be very competitive in the tough PAC-12 after going 12-6 in conference play last year. ASU is well-coached under Bobby Hurley who has led his team to the NCAA Tournament in two straight seasons. The Sun Devils are dealing with the departures of top scorers Luguentz Dort (16.1 PPG), and Zylan Cheatham (12.1 PPG), but still have plenty of skill set to return. They are anticipating a big season from their backcourt led by Remy Martin. The junior guard averaged a solid 12.9 points and he led ASU with five assists per game in 2018-2019. Rob Edwards is a threat from deep. The senior logged a 37.5% efficiency from beyond the arc and averaged 11.1 PPG.

Romello White had a stellar 2018-2019 season and he should progress again this year. The 6-foot-8 junior forward posted 5.7 points and finished second in team rebounding with 5.2 per game last year. Also returning is Rob Edwards who averaged a solid 11.1 points last year and should improve this season.

Arizona State was selected to finish in sixth place in the PAC-12 preseason media poll. The Sun Devils scoring is a strength. They averaged 77.6 points last season, placing them 58th in the country. They conceded an average of 73.4 points, pegging them 233rd overall.

Colorado Expected to be Top Team in PAC-12

The Colorado Buffaloes are expected to be one of the top teams in the PAC-12 this season after sporting a10-8 conference record last year. They return almost the exact roster as last year which includes their top six scorers. The Buffaloes are led by Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright IV. Bey is a terrific all-around player who averaged 13.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in 2018-2019. The junior guard also led Colorado in blocks per game. Wright IV is a talented junior who compiled a 49% field goal clip on an average of 13 points, and he also led the Buffaloes with 4.8 assists per game.

Shane Gattling has room for improvement after shooting only 35% last season. The senior guard finished third in team scoring with 9.7 PPG last season. The Buffaloes also return D’Shawn Schwartz who posted an average of 9.2 points on 43% shooting.

The Buffaloes were selected to finish in second place in the PAC-12 preseason media poll behind only Oregon. Colorado received several votes in the AP Top 25 rankings but came just short of ranking with should change with a win in this game. The Buffaloes averaged 73.6 points last season, placing them 145th overall. The Colorado defense is their greatest strength. They limited opponents to only 67.5 points last year, good for 66th in the country.

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I am siding with Arizona State in this one. While Colorado is expected to be the better team this season, Arizona State is no slouch either. They have a great coach in Bobby Hurley and have reached the NCAA Tournament in two straight seasons. The Sun Devils return two players that averaged double-digits in points led by Remy Martin (12.9 PPG) who should be in for a big season. The Sun Devils also bring back one of their top rebounders in Romello White.

Furthermore, while Colorado is expected to be a breakout team this season in the PAC-12, they still have to prove themselves after only going 10-8 in conference action last year. I expect a close game that will come down to the final few minutes.


Prediction: Arizona State Sun Devils

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The over is also a solid play in this particular matchup. Arizona State is a high scoring team that averaged over 77 points per game last season. They also averaged 75 points in their two games against Colorado last year.

In addition, Arizona State will give up points due to its style as play. They allowed an average of 73.4 points per game last year, and Colorado returns all of their top players from last season led by Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright IV who both averaged at least 13 points. The over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings between these two PAC-12 rivals, and it should cash again.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Arizona State team total offered on PointsBet is a strong option to consider. The Sun Devils up-tempo style should translate to points. As mentioned they averaged 75 points against Colorado last season which is no easy feat considering the Buffaloes opponents to an average of only 67.5 points last year. I expect a big game from Remy Martin and Rob Edwards who is a threat from three-point range.

Prediction: Arizona State Team Total Over

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I expect a lower-scoring first half. These two teams are playing in a foreign country and it could take an entire half for both teams to find a comfort level. Colorado played sharp defense in the first half last season, holding opponents to only 31.6 points. The Buffaloes also only averaged 33.3 points in the first half last year.

Prediction: Under

Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.