TV Schedule: Wednesday, Dec. 9, 9 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
Arena: McKale Center, Tuscon, Ariz.
Line: Arizona (-12)
Despite being without Kaleb Tarczewski, an upset over the then No. 10 Gonzaga Bulldogs was no problem for the Arizona Wildcats, as they went on the road to Spokane and came away with a huge victory. Arizona has now moved into the top 15 and will be looking to continue their rise in the national rankings against the Fresno State Bulldogs, who the Wildcats will face at home on Wednesday night.
Fresno State will have surprised many with their 6-2 start, but their most impressive game so far was a loss to the Oregon Ducks, 78-73. In that game, four players scored double-digits for the Bulldogs, and they actually outrebounded the ranked Pac-12 team. That close loss will be proof enough to this squad that they are more than capable of going on the road against a top Pac-12 team and creating an opportunity to pull off an upset.
Although Fresno State is not a team that the Wildcats should take lightly, Arizona should easily win this game at home. The Wildcats are not blowing out opponents, but have shown that they are more than capable of winning close games against decent teams. Ryan Anderson should tear apart Fresno State’s defense, just like Dillon Brooks did for Oregon.
The Bulldogs have the talent to knock off one of the favorites in the Mountain West Conference and possibly sneak into the NIT picture, but there is no way they will be able to hold off a team as talented as Arizona. The line for this game is -12, but the Wildcats should win by a bit more.
Prediction: Arizona 85, Fresno State 68