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Utah Utes vs. Texas-Pan American Broncs - 11/26/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas-Pan American Broncs (3-0) at Utah Utes (2-1)

College Basketball: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)

The Line: Utah Utes -26 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac 12 Network

The UT Pan American Broncs will travel to Huntsman Center to face off against the Utah Utes in the Utah Tournament this Wednesday night.

UT Pan American comes into this contest undefeated at 3-0 in which they are coming off a recent 82-77 victory this past Saturday against the Texas A&M-K’ville Javelinas. Leading the way for the Broncs was Janari Joesaar who had 27 points, 8 red, 4 ast and Shaquille Hines who also chipped in 16 pts and grabbed 6 reb. Coach Dan Hipsher has to be thrilled with the start that his team has had, as the Broncs were only able to notch a total of 9 wins last year. To say that UT Pan American is a young/inexperienced team would be an understatement, as Coach Hipsher have a total of 10 new players on this year’s squad. So far into the season, Joesaar (21.3 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.7 bpg), Hines (15.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Shaquille Boga (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 apg) have put up solid numbers that have made the Broncs one of the stronger offensive ranked teams in the country. UT Pan American will have to hope that this early season success will continue as the season rolls on as many projections had the Broncs projected to be near the bottom of the Western Athletic Conference by years end.

Utah Utes vs. Texas-Pan American Broncs - 11/26/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Utah Utes had a nice bounce win this past Friday defeating the UC Riverside Highlanders 88-42 after they suffered a difficult 53-49 lost to San Diego State early last week. The Utes were led by highly recruiting freshman forward, Kyle Kuzma who scored 19 points (3-4 3PM-A) and gathered 4 rebs. It had to feel good for the Utes to get it rolling again on offensive after the SDSU game, as Utah was able to shoot 51.8% from the field and an a impressive 52.9% from long-range. Coach Larry Krystkowiak has plenty of talent on his team this year and will depend on star guard Delon Wright (11.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.3 apg, 3.0 spg), Jordan Loveridge (11.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg) and Brandon Taylor (11.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg) to make his Utes one of the tougher teams to beat in the Pac-12 this year.  Coach Krystkowiak has to be happy with the effort that his team has shown on the defensive end early this season as currently the Utes are only giving up 55.7 points per game which ranks 34th in the country.

The Broncs are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games however, just 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Utes are 14-4-2 ATS in their last 20 non-conference games and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 home games.

It’s great to see a struggling program such as the UT Pan American Broncs get off to such a good start and it looks as if they found a good player in Janari Joesaar. At the same time, the level of completion hasn’t been that tough for the Broncs this season and they will be facing a huge challenge going against Utah. As Utah is playing at home, in their home tournament, and seemed to get their offensive groove back after the SDSU loss, I can see them running the Broncs right out of the Huntsman center in a blow-out victory. I’m going to take the Utes to cover the large spread. 

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