Arizona Wildcats vs. Utah Utes Pac-12 Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/13/14
Utah Utes (21-10) at Arizona Wildcats (28-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm (MGM Grand)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Arizona Wildcats and the Utah Utes face off on Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Arizona Wildcats won the regular season Pac-12 Title and never left the top five in the standings all season. Arizona is 15-3 in the Pac-12 and 10-3 in games played away from home this season. Nick Johnson leads the Wildcats averaging 16.1 points per game. Aaron Gordon is averaging 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds, Kaleb Tarczewski is averaging 10.2 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging .6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Arizona averages 73.5 points and they are shooting 46.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.7 points and their opponents are shooting 38.5 percent. Arizona is looking at the number one seed in the West in the NCAA Tournament.
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The Utah Utes have won our of their last five games including a first round Pac-12 Tournament win over Washington on Wednesday. Utah is 10-9 in Pac-12 games and 3-8 in games played away from home. Delon Wright is averaging 16.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. Jordan Loveridge is averaging 15.1 points and 7.3 rebounds, Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.8 points, and Dakarai Tucker is averaging 6.8 points. Utah is averaging 76.8 points and they are shooting 49.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Utah is a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament and a win here might get them in.
Arizona is 4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, 13-6 against the spread following a loss, and 2-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. Utah is 5-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games, 21-8-1 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 36-14-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Arizona gets it done with defense making this a big number but they are clearly the better team here and look for them to dominate in a statement type gane.
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