Utah vs. Arizona - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Wildcats (25-3) at Utah Utes (22-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
The Line: Utah Utes -1.5 -- Over/Under: 126 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Utes and the Arizona Wildcats face off on Saturday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in a matchup of the top two teams in the Pac-12.
The Utah Utes are 21-5 this season and ranked 13th in the nation while winning six of their last seven games. Utah is averaging 72.6 points and they are shooting 49 percent while defensively they are allowing 56.1 points and their opponents are shooting 38 percent. Delon Wright leads the Utes averaging 14.2 points per game. Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.5 points, Jordan Loveridge is averaging 9.9 points, and Jakob Poeltl is averaging 8.7 points and 7.2 rebounds. Utah is 15-0 at home and 11-3 in the Pac-12.
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The Arizona Wildcats are 24-3 this season and ranked seventh in the nation. Arizona is averaging 75.6 points and they are shooting 49 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.7 points and their opponents are shooting 39.7 percent. Stanley Johnson leads the Wildcats averaging 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Brandon Ashley is averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds, and T.J. McConnell is averaging 9.8 points. Arizona is 6-3 on the road and 12-2 in the Pac-12.
Utah is 38-12-1 against the spread in home games, 21-5 against the spread in Saturday games, and 41-18-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Arizona is 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, 9-2 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 8-2 against the spread following a win. The road team has covered the point spread in eight of the last 11 meetings of these two.
Both of these teams can light it up so the total here looks to be way too low so I am taking the over with my free pick. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.