It will be a battle between Pac-12 opponents when the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-6, 1-3 Pac-12) welcome the No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes (13-3, 3-1 Pac-12) to Wells-Fargo Arena. The game can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Free Prediction
In the Buffaloes’ last outing, they blew out the Utah Runnin’ Utes, 91-52. The Buffaloes had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 (above their season average of 31.9) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.648 (above their season average of 0.496). Colorado was lifted by McKinley Wright IV, who recorded 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
The Sun Devils were beaten by the No. 9 Oregon Ducks in their last game, 78-69. Oregon’s 35.7 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over Arizona State, who had a mark of 27.0. The Ducks’ mark was above their season average of 33.1. With 29 points on 9-for-21 shooting, Remy Martin was Arizona State’s leading scorer.
This will be the second game of the season between these two squads. Martin led both teams with 23 points in the first matchup, in which the Sun Devils lost 81-71. The Buffaloes had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (28.6 vs. 14.3) and had a better free throw rate (0.231 vs. 0.200).
It might be a tough matchup for Arizona State on the offensive glass. The Sun Devils rank 276th in offensive rebounding percentage (25.0 percent), while Colorado ranks 18th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.4 percent). Furthermore, the Buffaloes rank 40th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.449), while the Sun Devils rank 270th in effective field goal percentage (0.481).
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Colorado ranks 20th in rebounds allowed per game (30.7) while Arizona State ranks 253rd (39.3).
The Sun Devils average 8.4 steals per game, which ranks 38th in the nation. The Buffaloes rank 185th in steals allowed per game (8.2).
Colorado ranks 20th in three pointers allowed per game (17.8) while Arizona State ranks 116th (21.3).
The Buffaloes rank 42nd in assists allowed per game (10.6) while the Sun Devils rank 108th (12.2).
Colorado averages 3.5 blocks per game, which is ranked 93rd in the nation. Arizona State ranks 108th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
The Buffaloes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 17.4, up from 11.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Sun Devils have scored an average of 71.2 points per game (2.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 75.4 points per game (6.2 above their season average).