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Utah Utes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/23/14

Arizona State Sun Devils (19-7) at Utah Utes (17-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)

The Line: Utah Utes -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Utah Utes and the Arizona State Sun Devils face off on Sunday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in a Pac-12 college basketball battle.

The Utah Utes have lost their last two games and they sit in eighth place in the Pac-12 standings. Utah is 6-8 in the Pac-12 and 16-2 at home this season. Delon Wright leads the Utes averaging 16 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. Jordan Loveridge is averaging 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.8 points, and Dakarai Tucker is averaging 7.7 points. Utah is averaging 78.1 points and they are shooting 49.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.3 points and their opponents are shooting 41.1 percent. Utah is 5-2 in conference home games.

Utah Utes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/23/14

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The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming off of a loss to Colorado but they have won six of their last eight games. Arizona State is 8-5 in the Pac-12 and 5-6 away from home this season. Jahii Carson is averaging 18.8 points per game to lead the Sun Devils. Jermaine Marshall is averaging 15.8 points, Jordan Bachynski is averaging 11.9 points and 8.8 rebounds, and Shaquielle McKissic is averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. Arizona State is averaging 75.8 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.4 points and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Arizona State is tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 standings.

Utah is 24-8-1 against the spread in their last 33 home games, 21-10 against the spread following a loss, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Arizona State is 15-7-1 against the spread in their last 23 games following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.

Utah’s record looks solid on paper but the reality is it has come against soft out of conference competition and I don’t see them facing a soft team here and I like ASU to at least cover the spread. 

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