Waves vs. Wildcats Prediction
The 14th-ranked Arizona Wildcats will be in action tonight as they play the Pepperdine Waves in Anaheim. Can Arizona cover the big spread in a neutral setting?
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Anaheim Convention Center at 11PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Wildcats are a 14.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 152 points. As of Thursday evening, 67 percent of public bets are coming in on Arizona. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Waves fall to Hornets
Pepperdine fell 77-72 at home Saturday night against Sacramento State to fall to 3-3 overall and 1-1 at home. The Waves were outscored 54-38 in the second half of the defeat. Kameron Edwards led Pepperdine with 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting including 2-of-2 from 3-point distance plus 6-of-7 at the free throw line. He also contributed eight rebounds and three assists. Colbey Ross had 18 points, six dimes and four boards. Kessler Edwards added 11 points, 11 caroms and three blocked shots.
Wildcats race past 49ers
Arizona rolled to a 104-67 victory Sunday night at home over Long Beach State in a campus game of the Wooden Legacy. The Wildcats outscored the 49ers 66-34 in the second half of the triumph. Nico Mannion led Arizona with 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 3-of-6 from 3-point range plus 7-of-8 at the free throw line. He also accounted for eight assists and two steals. Zeke Nnaji tallied 21 points and five rebounds. Max Hazzard had 14 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals off the bench. Josh Green contributed 11 points, four dimes, three boards and two steals. Max de Geest added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists as a reserve.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Waves are 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral site games. Pepperdine is 1-4 ATS in its last five games versus the PAC 12.
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Arizona is 1-4 ATS in its last five neutral site games.
Arizona might be 6-0, but all six games are at home so it's tough to get a true sense of where it is as a team. But a couple blowout wins over decent teams in Illinois and New Mexico State show that the Wildcats do have plenty of firepower. Even so, neutral sites can be a little tricky and the Waves have had their moments this season already and been competitive most of the time. I'm taking the points here as Pepperdine is strong on the offensive end and should be able to keep up long enough to stay within the number.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: PEPPERDINE WAVES +14.5