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Colorado Buffaloes vs Arizona State Sun Devils Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 10:00 PM

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OPENNER
134.5

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CURRENT
132.5o -110

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MONEYLINE
-110

75
SCORE
57

Arizona State is scheduled to play for only the second time in 27 days due to COVID-19 protocol when it hosts Colorado on Saturday.

The only game in that span for the Sun Devils (5-8, 1-2 Pac-12) was a 74-50 loss at California on Jan. 2.

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley and his team have also experienced difficulty scheduling practices because he has joined his players in COVID-19 protocol.

"It's been a rough stretch for sure," Hurley said. "We had a substantial number of positives, including myself, which was a tough period of time. Had a couple of days where I was really not feeling well. This is my first experience with it. To get a taste with that, I would not recommend it."

Hurley was isolated for 10 days before returning to practice Wednesday.

In regards to having his team make progress on the court, Hurley said, "It's just been pretty tough to put it all together."

Colorado (11-4, 3-2) had its five-game winning streak snapped at Arizona in a 76-55 loss Thursday.

The Buffaloes have managed to play three games in the last week after a stretch of not playing because of COVID-19 protocol between Dec. 18 and Jan. 6.

K.J. Simpson led Colorado with 17 points, 14 in the first half, against Arizona. He also had four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Evan Battey had nine points and seven rebounds.

Colorado shot a season-low 32.8 percent from the field, including 4-for-20 from 3-point range. The Wildcats shot 51 percent and outrebounded the Buffaloes, 44-33, including a 27-12 edge in the second half.

"I was really proud of our guys' fight in the first half," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "Once we settled in, our guys fought back. But in the second half, I did an awful job of coaching. We gave up too many layups and we got selfish on offense. That's my fault."

Kimani Lawrence and Marreon Jackson are the only Arizona State players to start every game this season.

Lawrence is averaging 11.1 points and while shooting 52.6 percent from the field while grabbing a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game.

Jackson is struggling from the field shooting 25.9 percent, including 20.0 percent from beyond the arc.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Colorado Buffaloes
67
66
Arizona State Sun Devils

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Tyler Bey had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists and reserve Lucas Siewert had 14 points and four 3-pointers as the No. 20 Colorado Buffaloes built a double-digit lead early in the second half and nursed it to a 68-61 Pac-12 victory over the host Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday.

McKinley Wright IV had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists and Shane Gatling had 10 points and a pair of threes for the Buffaloes (14-3, 3-1), who have won seven of eight.

Remy Martin had 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Romello White had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Taeshon Cherry had a career-high eight rebounds for the Sun Devils (10-7, 1-3), who were playing their Pac-12 home opener.

Colorado opened the second half on a 16-4 run to take a 44-32 lead after Evan Battey hit two free throws with 10:35 remaining following a 3-pointer by Gatling. The Sun Devils made only two of their first 20 field-goal attempts in the second half, both by White, and went 4:57 without scoring. Colorado made two of its first 10 field goals in the second half before getting hot.

Edwards' 3-pointer brought Arizona State within five at 49-44 with 7:07 left before Siewert hit his fourth 3-pointer and Bey followed with a jumper to make it 54-44. Arizona State never was closer than seven until the final minute.

Colorado is 2-6 at Arizona State since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, its only other victory coming in 2012. Colorado won the first meeting this season, 81-71, in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 8, a game that did not count in the Pac-12 standings. The Sun Devils shot 38.5 percent from the floor in that game.

White was 9 of 12 from the field but the rest of the Sun Devils were 15 of 58. Martin was 9 of 23 and made four 3-pointers. Reserve Rob Edwards had eight points on 3-of-12 shooting and starter Alonzo Verge Jr. had seven points while going 2 of 13.

--Field Level Media

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