On Saturday evening, two high-major teams -- Georgia and Arizona State -- will battle it out at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, Arizona. Tip-off is at 8:00 P.M ET for the game which will be broadcasted nationally on the Pac 12 Network. Both teams have two losses on the season.
Dawgs Need Big Win BadlyThe Georgia Bulldogs have had a good season so far, winning six of their first eight games. They have had a lot of time to think about this game against Arizona State, as they have only played one game since their trip to the Maui Invitational.
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Against Top 100 teams, the Dawgs have gone 1-2, beating Georgia Tech and losing to Dayton and Michigan State. The defense has been the issue in these games, as they have allowed 83.7 points per game in the three contests. All season, they have allowed opponents to shoot 36.5 percent from beyond the arc (294th in the nation).
Offensively, they have been strong all season, however; the Dawgs currently have the second-highest scoring offense in Division-1 college hoops, putting up 87 points per game. They play fast, ranking 26th in tempo, and shoot the ball well. Overall, they are shooting 57 percent from inside the arc (10th-best in the nation) and have a 54.1 effective field goal percentage. Georgia is also getting an offensive rebound on 35.7 percent of possessions.
Bobby Hurley Has Team Playing Tough DComing off back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament, the Arizona State Sun Devils have had a good start to the 2019-20 season. Arizona State is currently 7-2 in nine games, and they're riding a four-game winning streak into Saturday's battle. They have only won one game against Top 100 teams (No. 97 St. John's), but they've also avoided bad losses, losing to two Top 50 teams (No. 40 Colorado and No. 10 Virginia). Their loss against Virginia, one of the best teams in the nation, is still the closest game Virginia has played in games they have won. The Sun Devils lost 48-45 to UVA.
The defense is the calling card of this ASU team as they have held opponents under 70 points seven times in nine games and are allowing teams to shoot just 28.9 percent from beyond the arc. They're pesky, forcing 17.9 turnovers per game, good for 14th in the nation.
Offensively, they're averaging 75.7 points per game, ranking 70th in college hoops. That said, they have a guy in Remy Martin who can light it up. Martin, a junior, is averaging 20 points per game this year. In all nine of their games this year, Martin has scored in double figures.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points.
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.