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Wichita State vs. Utah - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Utes (7-1) at Wichita State Shockers (4-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Intrust Bank Arena)

The Line: Wichita State Shockers -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The 25th ranked Utah Utes will travel to Intrust Bank Arena to take on the Wichita State Shockers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Utah Utes won their 4th straight game and improved to 7-1 (0-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the IPFW Mastodons, 96-79, this past Saturday. Utah struggled a bit in the 1st half but was able to put together a strong 2nd half in which they outscored IPFW by a 57-43 margin, to pick up the win. Utah shot an impressive 62.3% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc. The Utes allowed the Mastodons to shoot 48.1% (13-27) from three-point range and outrebounded IPFW by a 36-30 margin. Leading the way for Utah was Jakob Poeltl who scored 21 points on 10 of 12 shooting while chipping in 6 rebounds and 6 assists. On the season, the Utes have been led by Jakob Poeltl (21.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), Jordan Loveridge (15.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Kyle Kuzma (10.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg). Offensively, Utah is averaging 82.1 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field and 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Utes average 7.9 three-pointers per game and 14.3 apg. Defensively, Utah is allowing their opponents to average 74.3 ppg on 43.5% shooting. The Utes currently have a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

Wichita State vs. Utah - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wichita State Shockers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 4-4 (0-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the UNLV Running Rebels, 56-50, this past Wednesday. The Shockers are 2-0 since the return of their star point guard, Fred VanVleet, and was outstanding defensively in there victory against the Rebels. Wichita State struggled offensively in the victory shooting just 37.5% from the field and 16.7% (3-18) from beyond the arc. The Shockers held the Rebels to 23.5% (4-17) shooting from three-point range and forced UNLV to commit 19 turnovers.  Leading the way for Wichita State was Fred VanVleet who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Shockers have been led by Ron Baker (16.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apg), Fred VanVleet (9.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.8 apg) and Anton Grady (9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg). Anton Grady has yet to return from a back injury suffered against Alabama. Offensively, Wichita State is averaging 68.1 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field and 29.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Shockers average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.20. Defensively, Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg on 43.6% shooting. The Shockers have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 5.1.

The Utes are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Shockers are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 Saturday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Outside of their 90-66 loss to Miami, Utah has looked like the top-25 team that many people projected to be as they are led by one of the best big men in the country in Jakob Poeltl. Wichita State certainly hasn’t meet expectations so far this season as they’ve really struggled offensively and couldn’t seem to pick up a win without their leader Fred VanVleet. Although VanVleet is back, I’m still not completely sold on this year’s version of the Shockers, especially when they don’t have Anton Grady in the lineup. Overall,  I think Jakob Poeltl will have a big game in this one and that the Utes will be able to pull off the win on the road. Take Utah to win this one outright. 

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