College Basketball Predictions: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Arizona Wildcats
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Arizona Wildcats
Monday, 12/23/13, 10:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Arizona -27.5
Current Betting Line: Arizona -27.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Northern Arizona snapped a four-game losing streak last time out, as it picked up a 63-61 victory over Grand Canyon on Dec. 14. The Lumberjacks have dropped their last 29 games against the Arizona Wildcats, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting predictions Monday night. The program has one senior on the roster, with forward Max Jacobsen averaging a team-high 14.8 points per game. The program was picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference by the media and ninth by league coaches. Norther Arizona is 1-13 SU and 7-7 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons.
The Lumberjacks are one of the more inexperienced teams in college basketball, as 68.3 percent of their points have come from newcomers. Northern Arizona does have two players in the top 10 in free throw percentage among Big Sky squads, with point guard Aaseem Dixon ranking fourth at 88.9 percent, while freshman Kris Yanku ranks sixth at 87.5 percent.
Arizona will look to complete its non-conference schedule unscathed for a second-straight season, while holding onto the top spot in the rankings, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page. The Wildcats have won 26 consecutive regular-season games against teams outside the Pac-12 Conference. There’s no question that the team’s strength is on defense, as it allows opponents to shoot jug 37.2 percent overall and 25.8 from beyond the arc. Arizona is 20-1 SU and 11-10 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points since the 2011-12 campaign.
The Wildcats have won the rebounding battle in each of their 12 games this season—ranking second nationally with a +13.5 rebounding margin. Arizona is nearly doubling its opponents’ output in the paint, as it averages 15.1 points more per game in that all-important offensive category. Four players are averaging double figures, with junior guard Nick Johnson leading the way—scoring 15.7 points a contest.
Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to the Lumberjacks being 0-2 SUATS as road underdogs of 24.5 to 30 points the last two-plus seasons.
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