Pac-12 Conference Championship: Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes

Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes
Saturday, 3/10/12, 6:00 PM EST, TV:  CBS
Opening Point Spread:  Arizona -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Arizona -3.5
Opening Total:  129
Current Total:  129
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The Arizona Wildcats are 18-14 ATS during the 2011-12 season

Arizona has advanced to the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament championship game Saturday afternoon versus the Colorado Buffaloes, as the program will be playing in the title game for the seventh time in school history.  The Wildcats are 4-2 in their six previous appearances in this particular game.  Senior guard Kyle Fogg is playing tremendous basketball in scoring 22 points in leading the team to a 72-61 victory over the Oregon State Beavers on Friday night.  Arizona is 3-3 ATS when playing on a neutral court and the “under” is 5-1 in those contests.

The Wildcats will definitely look to push the pace against the Buffaloes, posting a 10-4 record in tournament action when scoring 70 or more points since the 2002 season.  Arizona holds a 9-6 series advantage in this series, including wins in four of the last five meetings.  Fogg was joined by Solomon Hill and Jesse Perry to combine for 48 points and 30 rebounds in a 71-57 win in the last meeting in the series on Feb. 9, 2012.

Colorado will play in its first conference tournament championship game since the 1990 Big Eight Conference final and its 36 wins over the last two years is a school-best for any two-season span.  The Buffaloes have been great in close situations this year, posting a 10-3 record in games decided by 1-7 points, including a 4-1 mark in conference action.  It’s important to note that the last and only time the program has played four games in four days was back on March 6-9, 1934.  Colorado is 10-6 ATS as an underdog this year.

The Buffaloes are a very balanced squad offensively with five players averaging 9.0 points per game.  Colorado head coach Tad Boyle is 8-2 in postseason games during his career and has stressed the importance to get after it on the defensive end, as his team ranks 49th nationally in limiting opponents to 40.7 percent shooting from the field.  In the team’s 22 wins its holding opponents to 36.9 percent shooting, which is drastically different than allowing them to hit 48.7 percent of shots in defeat.

Bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 13-7 ATS mark versus conference opponents, while the Buffaloes are 3-6 ATS when playing on Saturday.

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