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Wildcats can regain home state dominance with victory vs Sun Devils

The state of Arizona will be on high-alert tonight when the Wildcats host their rival, the Arizona State Sun Devils. In what should be one of the biggest games in the Pac-12 this season, the Sun Devils are one of three undefeated teams left in the country and this will be the first time since 1995 that both of these teams meet while having a national ranking. The Wildcats opened as 6-point favorites vs the No.3-ranked Devils.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the last five games in this matchup.
  • Arizona is 8-13-2 in its last 23 games at home.
  • Arizona State is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road.

Arizona is starting to regain its form that saw many experts and analysts pick the Wildcats to win the national championship. The ‘Cats have won seven straight including wins over ranked teams like Texas A&M and Alabama. They’ve also gotten heavy output from guard Allonzo Trier, who is averaging 21 points per game and their prized recruit DeAndre Ayton is averaging 19.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. The seven-footer should present a tough challenge for a battle-tested Sun Devils team.

The Sun Devils continue to be the most surprising team in the country and head coach Bobby Hurley has finally gotten this program to excel during his tenure. Arizona State has gotten wins over ranked teams like Kansas and Xavier and senior guard Tra Holder has led the way. The point guard is averaging 21.3 points per game and has guided the Sun Devils to a very profitable betting record at 9-2-1 ATS this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Arizona Wildcats were listed as -5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs Arizona Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Arizona Wildcats are 10-3 overall and 5-8 ATS, while the Arizona State Sun Devils are 12-0 and 9-2-1 ATS. As for the betting totals, Arizona boasts a 8-5 on the OU, and Arizona State is 7-4-1.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Arizona Wildcats rated this week at No. 85 and the Arizona State Sun Devils sitting at No. 9.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Arizona's No. 34-ranked scoring average of 83.46 PPG, against a Arizona State Sun Devils defense rated No. 145 and allowing 71.67 PPG. The Arizona Wildcats FG% has averaged 52.02% to date this season, more than the Arizona State Sun Devils shooters have managed so far (50.85% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Arizona State cruised to victory on Friday, running Pacific out of the gym and running up a 104-65 score at Wells Fargo Arena-AZ.

Arizona earned a 73-58 victory over Connecticut on Thursday, getting 20 points from Rawle Alkins at McKale Center.

Betting Trends
  • Arizona State is 9-1-1 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Arizona State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona State's last 6 games
  • Arizona State is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Arizona is 8-13-2 ATS in its last 23 games at home
  • Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Arizona State at Colorado, Thursday, January 4th
Arizona at Utah, Thursday, January 4th

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