College Basketball Picks: San Diego State Aztecs vs. Arizona Wildcats
San Diego State Aztecs at No. 23 Arizona Wildcats
Wednesday, 11/23/11, 8:30 PM EST, TV: N/A
Opening Point Spread: Arizona -7
Current Betting Line: Arizona -6.5
Opening Total: 133.5
Current Total: 133.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
San Diego State enters with a solid 5-1 record and has won two consecutive games since suffering its only loss, which happened to be a 77-67 defeat to the Baylor Bears as nine-point road underdogs. The Aztecs are returning to the site of their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory at the Division I level, beating Northern Colorado inside the McKale Center. “It’s a hard place to play, anywhere on the road is hard,” stated Aztecs coach Steve Fisher in practice. San Diego State is 7-6 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus years.
The Aztecs will be seeking to win their seventh straight game versus a Pac-12 Conference opponent, which includes a 56-54 win over the USC Trojans as 5.5-point home favorites on Nov. 15. San Diego State is led by sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin, who is averaging 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, scoring a career-high 31 points against UC Davis in the third game of the season. It’s still important to note that the program is 8-11 in its last 19 games versus ranked opponents.
Arizona returns home after playing a pair of games in the 2K Sports Classic inside Madison Square Garden, dropping a 67-57 affair to the Mississippi State Bulldogs as 5.5-point neutral-site favorites last time out. “We’ve seen a lot in an early month and I’m very happy with four wins,” commented Wildcats coach Sean Miller. Offensively, the team has five players averaging 9.6 points or more through five games, led by senior guard Kyle Fogg (12.8 ppg). Arizona is 0-3 ATS at home this season and 20-20 ATS as a favorite over the last two-plus campaigns.
The Wildcats will be meeting the Aztecs for the 27th time, posting a 20-6 all-time record, but dropping a 63-46 contest in the last meeting as nine-point road underdogs on Dec. 12, 2009. Arizona is doing a tremendous job of getting to the charity stripe, averaging 27.8 free throw attempts per game. Miller’s youthful squad is also getting the job done beyond the arc, hitting 7.6 three-pointers per game.
Bettors will likely back the Aztecs due to their 7-1-1 ATS mark as a road underdog of 6.5 points or less, while the Wildcats are 0-4 ATS when facing the Mountain West Conference.
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