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.
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.
Before we took off for China, #CUBoulder Asian Studies instructor Colleen Barry gave us a briefing on Chinese culture & history.@dal_walton recaps where not to rest your feet ⬇️#Pac12ChinaGame pic.twitter.com/Qt8InOmkjA— Colorado Men's Basketball (@CUBuffsMBB) November 4, 2019
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.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are:
- 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Friday games.
The top supporting trends for this game found on covers.com are as follows: The Colorado Buffaloes are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- 4-9 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games.