Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars - 12/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (4-1) at Utah Utes (5-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
The Line: Utah Utes -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The BYU Cougars will travel to play the Utah Utes in a non-conference game on Wednesday.
The Utah Utes are 5-1 and are coming off of a win against Idaho State by a score of 102-72. Utah led by 29-points at halftime and cruised to the easy victory. Jakob Poeltl led Utah with 19 points and 11 rebounds in this game. Kyle Kuzma added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Utah. Utah out rebounded their opponent by a total of 41-26 and had 20 assists in their victory. Utah is averaging 79.7 points per game while giving up 73.3 points per game. Utah is also averaging 38.8 rebounds per game and 13 assists per game. Jakob Poeltl leads Utah with 20.5 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. Jordan Loveridge is averaging 16 points per game and 4 rebounds per game. Utah is shooting 73.9% on free throws, 32.9% on three-pointers, and 46% on all field goal attempts.
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The BYU Cougars are 4-1 and are coming off of a win against Belmont by a score of 95-81. BYU trailed at halftime but used a 15-4 run to take the lead and win the game in the second half. Nick Emery led BYU with 27 points, while adding 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Kyle Collingsworth added 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists for BYU. BYU out rebounded their opponent by a total of 45-29 and had 20 assists in their victory. BYU is averaging 83.4 points per game while giving up 67.3 points per game. BYU is also averaging 50.8 rebounds per game and 18.4 assists per game. Kyle Collingsworth is averaging 15.6 points per game, 9 rebounds per game, and 6.2 assists per game for BYU. Kyle Davis is averaging 12.2 points per game and 12 rebounds per game for BYU. BYU is shooting 58.4% on free throws, 32.8% on three-pointes, and 47.3% on all field goal attempts.
BYU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Pac-12. BYU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The over is 5-1 in BYU’s last 6 games overall. Utah is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the WCC. Utah is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. The over is 5-1 in Utah’s last 6 games overall.
This should be a very entertaining game between two very good teams. Both teams are capable of scoring a lot of points, but both teams also play fairly decent defense. BYU leads the nation in rebounding, so Utah will have to work hard down low for second chance points. I think these teams match up very well together, so I am taking the points in this one. I am picking BYU.