Arizona Wildcats visit East Tennessee State Buccaneers in college basketball clash
Arizona Wildcats vs East Tennessee State Buccaneers Odds
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Arizona Wildcats at Stan Sheriff Center in NCAA basketball action.
The game is being played at Stan Sheriff Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
East Tennessee State battles the Wildcats, currently sitting with a 9-0 mark (6-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-0 for the Buccaneers and 1-5 for the Wildcats.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Buccaneers as 24.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Buccaneers, most recently No. 170 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wildcats, who rate No. 33 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 85-57 victory for the Wildcats.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features East Tennessee State's No. 328-ranked scoring average of 57.9 PPG, against a Wildcats defense rated No. 64 and allowing 60 PPG. The Buccaneers FG% has averaged 37.5% to date this season, less than the Wildcats shooters have managed so far (49.5% per game).
Defensively, Arizona features the nation's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 55.5 points per game. East Tennessee State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 241 nationally in scoring at home.
Arizona was an 89-64 winner in its last match at home against Oral Roberts. The battle between the Wildcats and Golden Eagles didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Oral Roberts was handed an 89-64 defeat on Tuesday at McKale Center.
East Tennessee State was a 72-51 loser in their most recent outing at home against Charleston Southern. East Tennessee State was run off the court by the Buccaneers on Tuesday as Charleston Southern routed them 72-51 at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Colorado are 3-1
After a win are 9-1
Arizona home to Colorado, Thursday, January 3
East Tennessee State home to Virginia Commonwealth, Wednesday, January 2