Arizona State Sun Devils Vs Grand Canyon Antelopes: College Basketball Preview And Insights – December 9, 2021

Written By Staff on December 9, 2021 - Last Updated on July 21, 2022

The Grand Canyon Antelopes (8-1) are underdogs (+4) in their attempt to continue a five-game win streak when they visit the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-6) at 9:30 PM ET on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Desert Financial Arena. The over/under for the matchup is 131.

Arizona State holds a 1-0 record in the last one head-to-head games against Grand Canyon. The Antelopes have a 1-0 edge against the spread when taking on the Sun Devils.

Game facts: Arizona State vs Grand Canyon

  • Game Day: Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • Game Time: 9:30 PM ET
  • Location: Tempe, Arizona
  • Arena: Desert Financial Arena

Key players for Arizona State

  • DJ Horne leads the Sun Devils in scoring, putting up 13.1 points per game.
  • Kimani Lawrence paces Arizona State with 7.9 rebounds a game and Marreon Jackson leads the team with 4.4 assists per matchup.
  • Jovan Blacksher Jr. is tops from three-point range for the Antelopes, hitting 2.6 treys per game.
  • Arizona State’s steals leader is Luther Muhammad, who collects 1.5 per game. Alonzo Gaffney leads the team averaging 1.6 blocks a game.

Arizona State’s last game vs Oregon

Grand Canyon defeated Mississippi Valley State, 91-44 in their last game on December 4, 2021. The Antelopes covered the spread (-29.5) and the game went over the total (134.0). Taeshon Cherry led the way for the Antelopes, whose stats are shown in the table below.

*Stat Leader for Last Game
Player Points Rebounds Assists FG 3P
Taeshon Cherry 11* 0 1 4-9 1-5
Yvan Ouedraogo 7 6* 0 3-5 0-0
Holland Woods 11 3 3 5-9 1-5

Key players for Grand Canyon

  • Blacksher has the top spot on the Antelopes scoring and assist lists, putting up 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game.
  • Jackson leads Arizona State with 4.4 assists per game and Lawrence paces the team with 7.9 rebounds per outing.
  • Blacksher leads the Antelopes in shooting from beyond the arc, averaging 2.6 made threes per game.
  • Muhammad leads the team with 1.5 steals per game. Gaffney collects 1.6 blocks a contest to pace Arizona State.

Grand Canyon’s last game vs Mississippi Valley State

In their last game, Arizona State defeated Oregon, 69-67 on December 5, 2021. The Sun Devils covered the spread (+9.0) and the game went over the total (132.0). Find the key players from the game in the table below.

*Stat Leader for Last Game
Player Points Rebounds Assists FG 3P
Taeshon Cherry 11* 0 1 4-9 1-5
Yvan Ouedraogo 7 6* 0 3-5 0-0
Holland Woods 11 3 3 5-9 1-5

Arizona State insights

  • The Sun Devils are shooting 40.2% from the field this season, 1.3 percentage points higher than the 38.9% the Antelopes allow to opponents.
  • Arizona State has a 1-5 record against the spread and a 3-3 straight-up record in games it shoots higher than 38.9% from the field.
  • The Sun Devils score 6.0 more points per game (64.4) than the Antelopes allow (58.4).
  • Arizona State is 2-5-1 against the spread and 3-5 overall when scoring more than 58.4 points.
  • The Sun Devils average 35.7 rebounds per game, 7.2 boards per contest fewer than the Antelopes.
  • When Grand Canyon earns the rebounding advantage they are 4-3-0 against the spread. When recording fewer boards, Arizona State is 6-1-0.

Grand Canyon insights

  • The Antelopes’ 44.4 shooting percentage from the field is 2.9 higher than the Sun Devils have given up.
  • This season Grand Canyon is 5-1 against the spread and 7-0 overall when shooting above 41.5% from the field.
  • The Antelopes average 75.0 points, 6.6 more than the Sun Devils give up.
  • Grand Canyon is 4-1 against the spread and 6-0 overall when scoring more than 68.4 points.
  • The Sun Devils pull down 10.6 offensive rebounds per game, 4.7 fewer than the Antelopes.
  • The Antelopes are 3-3-0 against the spread when they win on the offensive glass. The Sun Devils are 5-0-0 when they fall short there.

Bet on Arizona State vs Grand Canyon

Arizona State vs Grand Canyon Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Arizona State -4 131 -115 -105 -165 145

Arizona State betting history

  • Arizona State and its opponents have combined to outscore Thursday’s total (131 points) nine times this season.
  • Arizona State has compiled a 6-3-0 record against the spread this season.
  • The Sun Devils are winless against the spread when they have played as 4-point favorites or more (0-3).
  • The Sun Devils have a 2-1 record in games they were favored on the moneyline (winning 66.7% of those games).
  • When playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -165 or shorter, Arizona State has a record of 0-0 (66.7%).

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Grand Canyon betting analysis

  • These two teams give up a combined 126.8 points per game, 4.2 points less than this contest’s over/under.
  • Grand Canyon has covered the spread four times in eight games with a set spread.
  • The Antelopes won the only game they’ve played as the underdog this season.
  • Grand Canyon has entered two games this season as the underdog by +145 or more and won each of those games.

Game prediction

Spread Pick Grand Canyon (+4)
Total Pick Over (131)
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