The Colorado Buffaloes will take on the Arizona State Sun Devils at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday in an early-season Pac-12 matchup at the Baoshan Sports Center. Arizona State ended last year second in the Pac-12, while Colorado ended up fourth. The teams split their matchups last year, with Arizona State winning the first 83-61 at home and Colorado taking the second 77-73. The teams have split their season series in each of the last three seasons both straight up and against the spread and Tad Boyle and Bobby Hurley are both looking for a big early-season conference win to jump-start what they hope are NCAA Tournament seasons. The Buffaloes are favored by five points in the latest Colorado vs. Arizona State odds, while the over-under is set at 146.5. Before you make any Arizona State vs. Colorado picks or college basketball predictions, you’ll want to see what the SportsLine Projection Model is saying.
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Colorado ended up 23-13 last year and got to the NIT quarterfinals before being knocked out by Texas 68-55. The Buffaloes fell just shy of an NCAA Tournament bid with 21 regular-season wins after losing to Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. However, Colorado has to like its chances of getting back to the NCAA Tournament with everybody from its rotation back in the fold this season. Tyler Bey, McKinley Wright IV, Shane Gatling and D’Shawn Schwartz give them one of the better backcourts in the Pac-12 and they’ll be looking to dominate on the perimeter in the opener against Arizona State.
Arizona State went 23-11 last season and made a brief appearance in the NCAA tournament before losing 91-74 to Buffalo in the first round. The Sun Devils went 12-6 in the conference last season and had big non-conference wins over Mississippi State, Utah State and Kansas. However, slip-ups against against struggling teams like Stanford and Washington State proved to be costly when they wound up with a No. 11 seed and ran into a loaded Buffalo squad. This year, the Sun Devils will look to avoid that fate with a better seed and they should have the talent to get there with five of their top seven scorers back, as well as three talented junior college transfers coming in to add to their overall depth.
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