Arizona State at California
Time: 5 PM CST (ESPN U)
Spread: AZST -5
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Arizona State Sun Devils is 16-8 and in fourth place in the Pac-12. It travels to face California as 5-point favorites in college basketball action Sunday at 5 PM (CST) on ESPN U. The betting total is set at 134 points according to NCAA basketball oddsmakers at bookmaker 5dimes.
Arizona State enters riding a four-game win streak that has seen it defeat Washington, UCLA, USC, and Stanford to improve to 7-4 in Conference play after beginning just 3-4 through its first seven. The Sound Devils trail No. 1 Pac-12 team Colorado by just one game, with Oregon and Arizona, packed between and trailing Colorado by just 1/2 a game. The Pac-12 is a tight race this year.
The Sun Devils are led by guard Remy Martin. Martin averages 19.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game while playing a team-high 33.5 minutes per game. Alonzo Verge Jr joins him in the backcourt as the No. 2 scorer at 13.6 points per game, while Rob Edwards and Romello White each add 10 points per game, as well. Arizona State averages 73.3 points per game as a team while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from three. Martin knocks down 34.1 percent from three while attempting the second-most on the team (138). Edwards has taken 142 at a 34.5 percent clip.
Arizona State limits teams to just 68.9 per game while averaging better than 73 itself. Despite this, the Sun Devils only assist 11 field goals per game. Martin is something of an isolation scorer and a big one, so his high usage rate accounts for this in part as an explanation. The Devils have won six of its last seven and seem to be gaining more momentum.
Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Sun Devils are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Sun Devils are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite.
Sun Devils are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games as a road favorite.
The California Golden Bears are 10-14 and in 9th place in the Pac-12. It enters riding a three-game losing streak as it has fallen to Colorado, Utah, and Arizona since its 69-67 victory over Oregon State. The Bears are just 4-7 in Pac-12 play and are four games behind Colorado, tied with Oregon State and Washington State. Cal averages just 62.2 points per game and it gives up just under 68, giving it a negative point differential of -5.8 points. The Bears only assist nine field goals per game and also struggle on the boards. There are too many fatal flaws in this team for it to be much of a threat without some major improvements.
Matt Bradley is the leading scorer at 17.7 points per game, but he has very little help: No one else scores in double figures. Bradley is also No. 2 in rebounding but averages just 5.2 boards per game. The Bears lack depth, and Bradley is shooting the ball great, but it just is not enough, even at 44/85/36 clips.
Golden Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a home underdog.
Golden Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Golden Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Golden Bears are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 Sunday games.
Golden Bears are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss.
Golden Bears are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 games following a ATS loss.