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Utah Utes vs. Washington State Cougars - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington State Cougars (9-8) at Utah Utes (14-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)

The Line: Utah Utes -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac 12 Network

The Washington State Cougars will travel to the Jon M. Huntsman Center to take on the Utah Utes this Wednesday night.

The Washington State Cougars improved to 9-8 (3-2 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Oregon State Beavers 62-47 this past Saturday. Washington State struggled offensively as they shot only 29.2% from the field and 20.0% (5-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Cougars were led by DaVonte Lacy who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists. Washington State is ranked 114th in the RPI Standings and has played the 106th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cougars have been led by DaVonte Lacy (17.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Josh Hawkinson (15.4 ppg, 11.0 rpg). Offensively, Washington State is averaging 71.8 ppg (ranked 84th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 194th). The Cougars average 7.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 81st) and dish out 15.1 apg (ranked 41st). Defensively, Washington State is allowing their opponents to average 74.1 ppg (ranked 328th) on 45.6% shooting (ranked 302nd). The Cougars have a turnover margin of -2.0 (ranked 299th) and grab a total of 34.39 rpg (ranked 203rd).

Utah Utes vs. Washington State Cougars - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The 12th ranked Utah Utes had their seven game winning streak snapped and dropped to 14-3 (4-1 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Arizona Wildcats 69-51 this past Saturday. Utah allowed Arizona to shoot 49.1% from the field and was outrebounded by a 40-19 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Utes was Delon Wright who had 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists. Utah is ranked 12th in the RPI Standings and has played the 26th ranked SOS. On the season, the Utes have been led by Delon Wright (15.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.8 apg, 2.3 spg) and Jordan Loveridge (11.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg). Offensively, Utah is averaging 74.4 ppg (ranked 42nd) on 49.8% shooting (ranked 8th). The Utes average 7.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 71st) on 40.9% three-point shooting (ranked 7th). Defensively, Utah is holding their opponents to an average of 56.1 ppg (ranked 12th) on 37.3% shooting (ranked 14th). The Utes average a total of 36.65 rpg (ranked 93rd) and have a rebound margin of 6.9 (ranked 24th).

The Cougars are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Utes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 40-14-1 ATS in their last 55 home games.

Both of these teams had uncharacteristic problems on the offensive end in their recent games however, I’m far less concern about Utah than I’m Washington State. Utah has absolutely rolled on teams at home this season, and I think they’ll come out gates highly motivated to get back into the win column with a convincing victory. I'm taking Utah to win big and cover this large spread.  Take Utah to cover.

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