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Utah vs. South Dakota State - 12/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (9-3) at Utah Utes (8-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)

The Line: Utah Utes -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Network

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and Utah Utes play Tuesday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have won seven straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, South Dakota is averaging 70.2 point son 41.9 percent shooting and is allowing 68.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Deondre Parks is averaging 14 points and 4.3 rebounds while George Marshall is averaging 13.7 points and five rebounds. Cody Larson is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Jake Bittle is shooting 55 percent from the field. The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are a deep offensive team with seven players averaging at least 4.8 points while they’re shooting 69.2 percent from the free throw line and 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, South Dakota State is forcing 12.7 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 33.1 percent from deep.

Utah vs. South Dakota State - 12/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Utah Utes have won seven of their last eight games and play their first home game in 13 days. On the season, Utah is averaging 74.8 points on 49 percent shooting and is allowing 56.8 points on 36 percent shooting. Delon Wright is averaging 16.3 points and 4.7 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Jakob Poeltl is grabbing 8.9 rebounds and Dakarai Tucker is 3-10 from deep in his last two games. The Utah Utes are one of the most balanced teams in the Pac-12, which includes shooting 66.5 percent from the free throw line and 38.2 percent from downtown. Offensively, Utah is forcing 12.6 turnovers per game and holding teams to 34.2 percent shooting from deep. Utah has won eight straight games at home.

The Jackrabbits are 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Utes are 20-5-2 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games and 53-21-3 ATS in their last 77 games overall. 

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have already beaten some decent comp on the road, including Saint Louis and Utah State. I like the points here.

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South Dakota State Jackrabbits +17.5

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