Arizona State Sun Devils at Colorado Buffaloes – NCAAM March 4

Arizona State (10-11, 7-8) at No. 24 Colorado (19-7, 13-6)

  • Time: 6 PST – 8 CST – 9 EST
  • Place: Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colo.
  • TV: ESPN2

Opening Tip:

The Sun Devils have won three in a row and four out of six in taking a pair from Washington and one from Washington State last week. With the rigors of COVID-19 on scheduling, the Sun Devils have played only six true road games all season.

Colorado comes into McKinley Wright’s final game in Boulder on a tremendous roll as the Buffaloes swept the LA schools last weekend as they have won three in a row and six of their last eight. Their 13-win conference campaign is the most in program history and has allowed them to clinch at least a 4-seed and a first round bye in preparation for the Pac-12 Tournament next week.

The Buffaloes hold a 12-9 lead in the series as they have won three in a row and are 8-1 vs. Arizona State in Boulder.

Vs. The Spread

Arizona State

  • The Sun Devils are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of 6 ASU games
  • The Sun Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games at Colorado

Colorado:

  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Colorado’s last 7 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 8 of the Buffaloes’ last 11 games vs. the Sun Devils
  • CU is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 homes games vs. ASU

Last Time Out:

Arizona State edged Washington State, 77-74, in overtime behind 23 points from dynamic guard Remy Martin. His three-pointer with 0.4 seconds lifted ASU to the win as he went 1-for-11 from three in regulation, but was 2-of-2 in the extra session.

McKinley Wright, IV, had 26 points, six assists, and five rebounds as Colorado defeated UCLA, 70-58, on Saturday evening. Colorado scored 23 points off of 14 UCLA turnovers and the Buffaloes only turned the ball over six times themselves.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Arizona State +10½ (-115) +430 O 147½ (-110)
Colorado -10½ (-105) -550 U 147½ (-110)

Advantage, Arizona State

Arizona State Sun Devils LogoWhen Remy Martin comes to any town, it’s bombs away as he averages 24.3 points in road games this season and leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 21 points per game. The Buffaloes defend at a high clip as they only allow 63 points per game and 41.7 percent from the field. Martin always looks for players to step up beside of him. With Josh Christopher still out with an injury, Alonzo Verge and Kimani Lawrence are two Sun Devils that are capable of big nights beside of Martin. Verge has averaged 14 points per game over his last four and Lawrence has put up 17.5 points over his last five games.

Key Sun Devils Stat:

Holland Woods has been a nice addition to the Sun Devils’ rotation as he has given Bobby Hurley 25.1 minutes while scoring 6.1 points per game as he has also grabbed 2.2 rebounds per game while dishing 1.9 assists.

X-Factor:

Injuries and COVID-19 have been a major league issue for the as Sun Devils as six players are still located on the injury list and Arizona State had early issues, but has been able to work in it’s games. The fractures in routine are a huge reason why the Devils have struggled on defense as they have given up 76 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 44.8 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from three.

Advantage, Colorado:

Colorado Buffaloes LogoThe emotions will run high as McKinley Wright, IV, takes the floor at the Coors Events Center for the last time. His career is decorated as he is the Pac-12’s active leader in career points and assists and is second in rebounds, third in steals (134) and fifth in 3-pointers made (126). Jeriah Horne has stepped up nicely beside of him in shooting 45.1 percent from three as will DeShawn Schwartz, Maddox Daniels and Eli Parquet. The Buffaloes have shot 36.7 percent from three on the year and will attack the Sun Devils’ perimeter defense  early and often.

Key Buffaloes Stat:

Coach Tad Boyle has seen his Buffaloes benefit with their efforts off the dribble drive as they have gotten to the line nearly 17 times per game and have made 83.1 percent of their free throws to lead the D-1 ranks. That percentage is ahead of the NCAA, Pac-12, and Colorado teams records.

X-Factor:

The Buffaloes have to play through the wave of emotion of not only  Wright’s last game, but the final curtain for Schwartz, Walton, Daniels, and Horne. This team is old as it’s experience is 30th in the nation at 2.30 years, so the maturity should allow for that emotional rush. Colorado is now built for a March run with the age and free throw shooting, so a deep play into March Madness would be no surprise.

Winner: Colorado (-10½) 80, Arizona State 65

The Bets
Colorado -10½
-105
Colorado
-550
UNDER 147½
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.