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How and what to watch for Arizona State vs. No. 24 Colorado

The Sun Devils are on a hot streak but the Buffs defense is elite.

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Colorado Buffaloes forward Evan Battey celebrates the win over the against the UCLA Bruins at the CU Events Center. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona State Sun Devils are heading north Thursday to take on the tough defense of the No. 24 Colorado Buffaloes .

The Sun Devils (11-10, 7-8 PAC-12) are on a bit of a hot streak right now, having won three in a row. The ASU offense has been pretty high-octane this season, scoring over 76 points per game on average. NCAA All-Name First-Teamer Remy Martin is the catalyst, averaging over 21 points per game, and there are three other players averaging more than 11 points per contest. Their defense is where issues arise, as KenPom has them ranked as the 99th best team in the nation, but they possess the 137th best defense according to the same system.

Colorado (19-7, 13-6 PAC-12) isn’t going to blow anybody away on offense, but they are solid scoring 73 points per game on average. McKinley Wright IV leads the offense with an average of 15 points per game, and two other Buffs average double figures. The defense is what makes them so dangerous: they’re allowing a measly 63 points per game to their opponents, which is a top-25 unit in all of Division I.

KenPom gives the Buffs an 87% chance to come away with a win in this game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Arizona State vs. Colorado on Thursday, March 4th at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Colorado -11
Point Total: 147.5
Moneyline: ASU +410, Colorado -590

  • ASU hasn’t been able to cover much this season, going 4-13 ATS over their last 17 games.
  • The Sun Devil offense is solid, so the over has hit in all but one of their last six games.
  • Colorado’s defense is elite, so the under has hit for them in six of their last seven
  • However, the over has hit in eight of the last 11 meetings between these teams.

The Best Bet

The Colorado defense has been holding teams that are far better than ASU in check all season. The Buffs defense should be able to limit Martin, which would in turn cripple the entire ASU operation.

Pick: Under 147.5

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