Utah vs. Hawaii - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hawaii Warriors (4-1) at Utah Utes (5-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
The Line: Utah Utes -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors and Utah Utes meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors look to build on their 4-1 record when they take to the road for the first time. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are averaging 75.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Michael Thomas is averaging 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds while Gibson Johnson is averaging 12.8 points and two assists. Leland Green is the third double-digit scorer and Brocke Stepteau is dishing 2.6 assists. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are shooting 26.7 percent from beyond the arc and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.2 rebounds per game. The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The Utah Utes hope to remain unbeaten at home while building on their 5-1 record. The Utah Utes are averaging 79.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 39.1 percent shooting. David Collette is averaging 14.7 points and 4.5 rebounds while Tyler Rawson is averaging 10.8 points and 3.8 assists. Sedrick Barefield is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Bibbins is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Utah Utes are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 24.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have won nine of their last 10 home games.
The Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Utes are 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up win, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. The under is 5-2 in Utes last 7 non-conference games and the under is 9-4 in Warriors last 13 non-conference games.
Besides losing outright as a favorite to UNLV, the Utah Utes have done a solid job of mopping up whoever they play, and that pressure defense is making life difficult on opposing offenses. Hawaii doesn't play a ton of true road games, so it's going to be interesting to see how this squad handles a tough venue. Overall, Utah is easily the better team here and should be able to use its defense to create easy offense. I'll back the Utes in a blowout victory.