Arizona State vs. Arizona Prediction
Unranked Arizona State heads to Tuscon to play #7 Arizona on CBS at 2:00 PM ET Saturday afternoon. Can the Wildcats cover the 11.5-point spread as home favorites?
Arizona State is 19-9 on the year with their best wins coming over Michigan and Creighton. Their worst losses came against Texas Southern and San Francisco. The Sun Devils are 12-16 against the spread this season.
Arizona is 24-4 this season with their best wins coming over Tennessee and UCLA. Their worst losses came against Washington State and Stanford. The Wildcats are 13-14-1 against the spread this year.
Game Matchup and Betting Odds
629 Arizona State Sun Devils (+11.5) vs. 630 Arizona Wildcats (-11.5); O/U 152.5
2:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 25, 2023
McKale Center, Tuscon, AZ
Arizona State vs. Arizona Public Betting Information
Our CBB Public Betting Information page indicates that the public favors the Wildcats in this contest. Our public betting data illustrates that 59% of public bets are on Arizona -11.5. Do note that these numbers are subject to change and could be different once tipoff rolls around, so be sure to check the link so you’re receiving the most up-to-date public betting data.
Arizona State Game Notes
The Sun Devils’ leading scorer and best player is Desmond Cambridge Jr. Cambridge is posting 13.7 points per game while leading the team in steals with 1.6 per game. Cambridge isn’t the most efficient player (40.6% shooting from the field) but he does make his free throws (82% from the line).
Arizona State’s leading assist man is sophomore guard Frankie Collins. The 6’1” Sacramento native is dishing out 4.5 dimes per game while also contributing 10.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Sun Devils this year.
Arizona Game Notes
The Wildcats’ best player is 6’11” junior forward Azuolas Tubelis. The Lithuanian national is putting up 19.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while shooting tremendously both from the field (57.2%) and the free-throw line (75.7%) this season.
One of Arizona’s unsung heroes is junior guard Kerr Kriisa. The Estonia native is leading the Wildcats in assists this season (5.5 dimes per game) and knocking down his three-point tries at a 37.6% clip. If Kriisa and his fellow guard Courtney Ramey can knock down some threes Saturday, it could be a long day for Arizona State.
Arizona State vs. Arizona CBB Betting Trends
Arizona State is 6-3 ATS as an underdog this season.
Arizona State is 3-1 ATS as a road underdog this season.
The under is 9-3 in Arizona State’s last 12 games against a team with a winning straight-up record.
The under is 9-3 ATS in Arizona’s last 12 home games.
Arizona State vs. Arizona CBB Prediction:
I think this line is too high. These two teams have already played each other, and Arizona beat Arizona State in Tempe on New Year’s Eve 69-60. That game was closer than the final score appeared, however, as Arizona State was only down 2 points with 13 minutes left in the game. The Sun Devils shot 3 of 27 from three-point land and attempted 18 fewer free throws than the Wildcats in that game. They still only lost by nine. I think Arizona State shoots better from beyond the arc and the free throw disparity is narrowed a bit on Saturday. Those two factors should open the door for a Sun Devils cover, which shouldn’t be too much of a stretch because of the large point spread.
CBB BETTING PREDICTION: ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS +11.5