Arizona State visits Arizona in a big rivalry matchup. Arizona is coming off a comfortable home win against Colorado, while Arizona State is coming off a win against Utah at home. This should be an interesting matchup for the rivalry between these two teams. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Arizona State vs. Arizona Odds
Arizona is a 11.5-point home favorite against Arizona State, but there’s no money line odds listed just yet. The over/under is also at 151.5. Arizona being favored by this much makes sense because they’re at home and beat Arizona State earlier this year by 9 on the road. The over/under also makes sense because Arizona plays so fast, so expect each team to get a lot of possessions because of that. This spread could also move a bit before tip-off, so keep an eye on that.
Arizona State vs. Arizona Prediction & Pick
The pick: Arizona -11.5
Arizona is playing very well after a slip-up against Stanford two games ago. They’ll also be ready for this game because of the rivalry that comes with it.
It starts and ends with Azuolas Tubelis for Arizona. He’s been so good all year and needs to continue to be that good for them to go far in March. Azuolas Tubelis leads the Wildcats in scoring, rebounds, and steals per game for the season. Oumar Ballo joins him in the best front court in all of college basketball. Ballo is second in scoring production and also leads the team in blocks per game for the season. Courtney Ramey and Kerr Kriisa have also been much better recently in the backcourt for the Wildcats. Ramey is the best three-point shooter on the team and Kriisa leads the Pac-12 in assists, not just the Wildcats.
As a team, Arizona excels more on offense than on defense. They’re top-10 in points scored per game for the season, top-10 in field goal percentage, and top-15 in point differential. They’re also top five in rebounds per game for the season at 40.4.
On the other side, Arizona State started out well, but has struggled recently and has been inconsistent, and are on a downturn for the season. They need a win here to get into the NCAA Tournament.
Desmond Cambridge Jr. has been the best player for Arizona State this year. He leads the team in scoring and in steals per game for the season. DJ Horne has been right next Cambridge in scoring and is the second-leading scorer for the Sun Devils. Frankie Collins has been very good for the Sun Devils this year too at the point guard spot and leads the team in assists per game for the season. Devan Cambridge has also been good on the wing for the Sun Devils when needed.
As a team, Arizona State excels more on defense than on offense. They’re very good on defense and have been able to rebound the ball very well this year. They need to find more offense overall to take the next step.
Arizona is the better team in this spot and is playing at home. They should win this game pretty easily, especially at home against their rival. Expect Arizona to cover easily here too.
Arizona State vs. Arizona Key Matchups
Can Warren Washington matchup with Azuolas Tubelis? Can Courtney Ramey matchup with Desmond Cambridge Jr.?
Azuolas Tubelis vs Warren Washington
Azuolas Tubelis has been incredible for Arizona this season. He averages 20 points, 2 assists, and 9 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up against Warren Washington, who averages 9 points, 2 assists, and 7 rebounds per game for the season. This is a big matchup because of how good Tubelis has been this year. If Washington can play good defense here, then Arizona State has a good chance here.
Desmond Cambridge Jr. vs Courtney Ramey
Desmond Cambridge Jr. has been great for Arizona State this season. He averages 14 points, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up against Courtney Ramey most of the game, who averages 11 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds per game for the season. Courtney Ramey has been much better recently, so this has a lot of potential for a good matchup. Arizona State needs Desmond Cambridge Jr. to play well for them to have a chance here.