Arizona vs. Miami Prediction
HONOLULU, HAWAII (ATS Consultants) – No. 5 Arizona will look to build upon its best start in 25 years when it takes on Miami in the semi-final of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu tonight at 11:30PM ET.
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Wildcats as 5-point favorites versus the Hurricanes, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 135 points. Arizona is a perfect 10-0 this season and 1-0 on neutral sites, while Miami is 8-1 on the season.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Wildcats opened as a 3-point favorite but the spread has been bet up to 5 at most sports books. As for the total, it opened at 135 and has stayed steady at that number all week.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 79% of college basketball public bettors currently favor the Arizona. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Arizona. According to the latest college basketball trends, Arizona is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. ACC, 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win and are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. The No. 5 Arizona Wildcats committed 18 turnovers and shot 42.4 percent from the floor in their 73-53 victory over East Tennessee State giving 25.5 on Saturday night. It was a sloppy win, but effective. Every starter but freshman forward Brandon Ashley had an off night for Arizona. Ashley finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams are athletic, which should make this a high-scoring affair. Miami could be without senior 6-10 center Reggie Johnson, who injured his thumb on Friday. He didn't play against Hawaii, though the Hurricanes won the game with ease, 73-58, getting 9.5. Arizona (10 0) hasn't started a season this well since the 1987-88 team won its first 12 before reaching the Final Four. Miami has won seven straight games since a surprising loss to Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 13. The Wildcats will be more focused and fresher to cover against a good but not as battle-tested Miami team.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL FREE PICK: ARIZONA WILDCATS -5