The Colorado Buffaloes and Arizona Wildcats meet in a highly anticipated Pac-12 matchup in the desert at the McKale Center. The public is likely going to like the dog in this contest on the road. Colorado has been impressive with six wins in seven outings. Their only loss was against No. 8 Tennessee on December 8 on the road.
They’ve looked particularly impressive in wins over Kansas State, 76-58, and Washington, 92-69. Beating Grand Canyon doesn’t move the meter, but an easy win over Washington is fairly impressive. It’s not like Washington is a world beater, but a blowout like that over a Pac-12 opponent is always impressive.
Colorado wasn’t in their best form in their most recent victory, though. The Buffaloes got it done in a 74-64 victory over Grand Canyon on Tuesday. McKinley Wright IV, who is a very talented player and going to get NBA attention, scored 21 points and had 7 assists to lead the Buffaloes once again.
Wright has scored an average of 16.3 points per game on 60.8% from the field. He isn’t just a scorer, though, Wright is a facilitator for Colorado, too. Wright has 5.9 assists per game for quite the nice impression on the program in 2020-21. He very well could be the best point guard in the nation. A talent like Wright will surely attract betting dollars from the public.
They will be in the desert for a date with the Wildcats, who have matched Colorado with a record of 6-1 this season. Arizona is coming off a 70-64 win over Montana on Tuesday. It was a close call, but the Wildcats pulled it out for their sixth win of the year. They lost a nail biter to Stanford, 78-75, on December 19 for their first loss of the season. Head below for our free Colorado vs. Arizona pick for December 28, 2020.
Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona Wildcats NCAAM Betting Odds:
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Colorado nearly got caught looking at the plate against Grand Canyon. If it weren’t for McKinley Wright with another big performance, the Buffaloes likely would have been upset in that game. In any event, they’ve been in better form than not this season. Colorado has scored an average of 77.9 points per game for 95th in the nation. They’ve taken advantage of some pretty bad defenses thus far in 2020-21, but we know what Wright brings to the table.
His production so far hasn’t been a mistake. Where Colorado really shines is their defensive pressure. That includes Wright who is a talented point guard on the defensive floor. He pretty well does it all. Colorado has not conceded more than 70 points in a game yet this season.
They’ve played lockdown defense, and held four of their opponents under 60 points. That includes Tennessee, the No. 8 team in the country. They might have lost that game, but still contained their offense for just 56 points.
Note that Colorado ranks 13th in the NCAA with 13 points against per game. Teams are shooting a measly 38% from the field versus the Buffaloes. They should be able to contain the Wildcats in this one. Arizona is 111th with 77 points a game. The Cats have yet to play a defense anything remotely close to Colorado.
77 points sounds solid, but games against Northern Arizona, Grambling State, UTEP, Montana, Eastern Washington, and Cal State Bakersfield have skewed things considerably. I’ve been more impressed with the Arizona defense than their offensive output.
The Wildcats are 53rd in the NCAA with 62.6 points against per game. If they’re going to win tonight, it is going to happen on the defensive side of the ball. They’re fully capable of beating Colorado at their own game. This is a tricky spread, but the UNDER looks like a good play at the University of Arizona on Monday night.