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Colorado @ Arizona
Current Records: Colorado 11-3; Arizona 12-1
After a six-game homestand, the Colorado Buffaloes will be on the road. Colorado and the #6 Arizona Wildcats will face off in a Pac-12 battle at 11 p.m. ET Thursday at McKale Memorial Center. The teams split their matchups last year, with the Wildcats winning the first 88-74 at home and the Buffaloes taking the second 82-79.
Colorado strolled past the Washington Huskies with points to spare on Sunday, taking the game 78-64. Colorado’s forward Tristan da Silva filled up the stat sheet, picking up 22 points along with six boards.
Meanwhile, Arizona didn’t have too much trouble with Washington at home last week as they won 95-79. Four players on Arizona scored in the double digits: guard Bennedict Mathurin (27), center Christian Koloko (22), guard Kerr Kriisa (21), and guard Dalen Terry (13). Kriisa hadn’t helped his team much against the Tennessee Volunteers three weeks ago, so this was a nice turnaround for him. Kerr Kriisa’s points were the most he has had all season.
The Buffaloes are the clear underdogs, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. They hadn’t treated bettors all too well in the past (they are 4-8-2), but they might be worth taking a chance on now after beating the spread two games in a row.
The wins brought Colorado up to 11-3 and Arizona to 12-1. Colorado is 8-2 after wins this year, the Wildcats 10-1.
The Wildcats are a big 15.5-point favorite against the Buffaloes, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 15.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Arizona have won eight out of their last 12 games against Colorado.
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