Arizona at Arizona State Betting Prediction, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on March 3, 2017 in

The seventh-ranked Arizona Wildcats (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) head across the state to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (14-16, 7-10 Pac-12) in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Wildcats just saw a five-game winning streak come to a halt as then-#5 UCLA knocked them off, 77-72, on their home floor, on Saturday night. The Sun Devils upset USC at home, 83-82, on Sunday. Check out all of our NCAAB betting picks for this weekend’s action.

Arizona at Arizona State Betting Prediction, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 4:00pm ET
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, AZ
TV: CBS
RadioArizona / Arizona State
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
NCAAB Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Wildcats?

This is an excellent example of an Angry Contender Theory game. A top team loses a game that they didn’t expect to lose, and then they have a cupcake next on their schedule. While rivalry games like this usually end up pretty tight, Arizona is also going to have a collective chip on their shoulders after watching UCLA dominate the offensive glass and end a 21-game home winning streak for the Wildcats. Allonzo Trier scored 28, and Parker Jackson-Cartwright chipped in 11 more, but those 19 second chance points for the Bruins (compared to four for Arizona) made the difference. I expect Arizona to come out focused and on fire for Arizona State on Saturday.

Why should you put your money on the Sun Devils?

Arizona State was down 10 points with less than three minutes to go, and down six points with 30 seconds to go, but they still roared back to knock off USC. Tra Holder made a layup with 28.9 seconds left; Kodi Justice nailed a three; and then Holder stole the inbound pass and got fouled on the drive. He sank both free throws, and a USC three-ball clanged off the rim to end the game. Justice went 6 for 9 from downtown for the game, putting up a career best 22 points. So even though Torian Graham (averaging almost 19 points per game) only put up four points, the Sun Devils were able to cruise at home. If they can bring that same intensity against their in-state rival, things could get interesting for the Wildcats.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

That win over USC was awesome for Arizona State, but I don’t see them pulling the same magic against Arizona. I predict a final score of Wildcats 78, Sun Devils 67.