Utah Utes vs. Colorado Buffaloes Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/1/14
Colorado Buffaloes (20-8) at Utah Utes (18-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
The Line: Utah Utes -7 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Utah Utes and the Colorado Buffaloes face off on Saturday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Pac-12 college basketball.
The Utah Utes are coming off of a home win blowout of Arizona State and they have won four of their last six games. Utah is 17-2 at home this season and 7-8 in the Pac-12. Delon Wright leads the Utes averaging 16.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Jordan Loveridge is averaging 15.3 points and 7.4 rebounds, Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.8 points, and Dakarai Tucker is averaging 7.4 points. Utah is averaging 78.4 points and they are shooting 49.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.3 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Utah’s 92 RPI and 111th ranked schedule are what will keep them out of the NCAA Tournament.
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The Colorado Buffaloes are coming off of a home loss to Arizona but they have won five of their last seven games. C0lorado is 9-6 in the Pac-12 and 4-6 in games played away from home. Josh Scott leads the Buffaloes in scoring averaging 14.5 points and 8.7 rebounds. Askia Booker is averaging 14.4 points, Xavier Johnson is averaging 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds, and Wesley Gordon is averaging 6.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. Colorado is averaging 73.6 points and they are shooting 44.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.2 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. Colorado’s record and their 26 RPI and 15 strength of schedule has them having the look of a NCAA Tournament team.
Utah is 22-7-1 against the spread in their last 30 home games, 19-6-2 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Colorado is 10-4 against the spread following a double digit home loss, 3-7-1 against the spread in their last 11 road games against a team with a winning home record, and 4-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
My free pick in this one is going to be on the total and it is way too low so I really like the over. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as the App.
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