Utah vs. Fresno State - 3/17/16 College Basketball NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fresno State Bulldogs (25-9) vs. Utah Utes (26-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Pepsi Arena)
The Line: Utah Utes -8.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Tru TV
The Utah Utes and the Fresno State Bulldogs face off on Thursday in Denver in a first round West Regional NCAA Tournament college basketball match up.
The Utah Utes are 26-8 this season and that has earned them a number three seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Utah is averaging 76.5 points per game and they are shooting 48.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Jakob Poeltl leads the Utes averaging 17.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Jordan Loveridge is averaging 11.8 points, Kyle Kuzma is averaging 10.8 points and 5.9 rebounds, and Lorenzo Bonam is averaging 9.9 points. Utah is 11-2 in non-conference games and 5-2 in neutral site games.
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The Fresno State Bulldogs are 25-9 this season and they eared a number 14 seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament by winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Fresno State is averaging 74.6 points per game and they are shooting 43 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.2 points and their opponents are shooting 42 percent. Marvelle Harris leads the Bulldogs averaging 10.6 points per game. Karachi Edo is averaging 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, Julien Lewis is averaging 8.6 points, and Cezar Guerrero is averaging 8.3 points. Fresno State is 3-0 in neutral site games and 9-4 in non-conference games.
Utah is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games, 4-0-2 against the spread against the Mountain West Conference, and 1-4 against the spread following a loss. Fresno State is 6-0 against the spread following a win, 6-0 against the spread in their last six games, and 7-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
This one should see plenty of scoring and I look for this one to go over the total that has been set agressively at 142.5 and the over is my free pick.