Grand Canyon Antelopes vs. Arizona Wildcats, College Basketball Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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5-4 December 14, 11:00 PM | McKale Center 8-2
When: 11:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Where: McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona
TV: 11 p.m. ET, ESPNU.
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Grand Canyon Antelopes +16.5 -110 142.5 -110
Arizona Wildcats -16.5 -110 142.5 -110
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The fans at McKale Center will be treated to a game between the Grand Canyon Antelopes and the Arizona Wildcats when they take their seats on Wednesday.
ABOUT GRAND CANYON (5-4): DeWayne Russell is averaging 25.4 points for the Antelopes, second in the nation among Division I teams entering Tuesday, as well as 5.6 assists. The 5-11 point guard from Peoria, Ariz. scored 42 against No. 11 Louisville on Dec. 3, but is 11-for-39 from the floor in the last two games. Russell played in in one exhibition game in 2013 after transferring from Northern Arizona, forcing him to appeal to the NCAA to be eligible this season, and the appeal was eventually granted, though he had to sit out the first two games this fall.

ABOUT ARIZONA (8-2): Lauri Markkanen continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring (16.8) and rebounding (7.1), though Missouri may have established a blueprint on how to guard the 7-foot freshman from Finland. The Tigers were more physical with Markkanen than previous opponents, and he was held to season lows of eight points and six shot attempts before fouling out with 2:53 left. Grand Canyon will likely ask 6-6, 242-pound forward Keonta Vernon to guard Markkanen at the outset, though the six-inch height disadvantage may prove too much.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Wildcats listed as 16.5-point favorites versus the Antelopes, while the game’s total is sitting at 142.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Last time out for Arizona, they were a 79-60 winner as they battled Tigers on the road. They covered in the match as a -7-point favorite.

Grand Canyon was a 73-69 winner in its last match at home against Flames.

Arizona continues to be short-handed in the backcourt, but the No. 19 Wildcats have received solid support lately from 6-5 freshmen guards Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons heading into their game Wednesday night against visiting Grand Canyon. Alkins is coming off season highs of 19 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s win against Missouri, his fourth straight game in double figures, and Simmons also scored a season-high 19 in the latest win.

Arizona’s starting point guard the first seven games, Parker Jackson-Cartwright, will miss another 7-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain, and shooting guard Allonzo Trier, who was expected to be the Wildcats’ top returning scorer this season, has yet to play as his eligibility remains in question. Alkins, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native, started out slow this season with three points in the season-opening win against then-No. 9 Michigan State, flashed a couple good performances against inferior opponents, and now is playing even better against good teams. Simmons has been more up-and-down, averaging 15 points through the first three games, then producing three points or less in two of the next five before delivering his best performance of the season against Missouri. Grand Canyon is coached by Dan Majerle, who spent a big chunk of his 14-year career with the Phoenix Suns and has ramped up the Antelopes’ nonconference schedule in his fourth season with the team, taking on ranked teams Duke, Louisville and now Arizona this season.

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Grand Canyon:
Team record: 5-4 SU,2-0 ATS
Grand Canyon is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Grand Canyon is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road

Team record: 8-2 SU,5-5 ATS
Arizona is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Arizona is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Arizona is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games at home

Next up:
Grand Canyon home to Mississippi Valley State Saturday, December 17
Arizona at Texas A&M Saturday, December 17

1. Arizona has suffered 23 losses since March of 2013 with only one coming by double figures.

2. Arizona players coached by Sean Miller since his first season in 2009-10 have gone on to sign $129 million in NBA contracts.

3. Grand Canyon’s roster includes two players from Senegal, two from Australia and one each from Finland and Spain.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Grand Canyon Antelopes will cover the spread at +16.5 and the game will stay under 142.5 points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: Arizona 65, Grand Canyon 53 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

72.9 PTS FOR 74.8
73.7 PTS AGNST 62.8
-0.8 DIFF. 12.0
24.1 DEF REBOUNDS 26.3
11.2 OFF REBOUNDS 10.5
44.3 FG% 47.7
67.3 FT% 74.3
6.0 3 POINTERS 6.1
7.7 STEALS 6.2
No Injuries to report.
No Injuries to report.
Grand Canyon is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Arizona is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Arizona’s last 20 games at home
Arizona is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games at home
Arizona is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Grand Canyon’s Overall Scoring vs Arizona’s Overall Defense 72.9 205 62.8 35
Grand Canyon’s Away Scoring vs Arizona’s Home Defense 73.0 94 63.4 107
Grand Canyon’s Road Rebounds vs Arizona’s Home Rebounds Allowed 36.0 141 30.3 51
Arizona’s Overall Scoring vs Grand Canyon’s Overall Defense 74.8 163 73.7 228
Arizona’s Home Scoring vs Grand Canyon’s Road Defense 76.4 212 86.0 312
Arizona’s Home Rebounds vs Grand Canyon’s Road Rebounds Allowed 35.9 259 37.7 205
GRCNYN 44.3 44.7 -0.3
ARIZ 47.7 40.4 7.3
GRCNYN 11.2 24.1 35.3
ARIZ 10.5 26.3 36.8
GRCNYN 12.3 12.3 1.0
ARIZ 13.2 11.9 1.1



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