Utah Runnin' Utes (5-6) at Washington State Cougars (9-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum)
The Line: Washington State Cougars +1.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah Utes and Washington State Cougars meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Friel Court.
The Utah Utes need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Utah Utes are averaging 68.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 66.2 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Timmy Allen is averaging 17.3 points and 5.8 rebounds while Alfonso Plummer is averaging 13 points and 2.8 rebounds. Mikael Jantunen is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Pelle Larsson is dishing 2.6 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 30.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game.
The Washington State Cougars need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Washington State Cougars are averaging 69.3 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Isaac Bonton is averaging 18.9 points and 4.5 rebounds while Noah Williams is averaging 12 points and 3.3 rebounds. Efe Abogidi is dishing 0.4 assists and Aljaz Kunc is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Washington State Cougars are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. The Washington State Cougars are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game.
The Utes are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cougars are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games. The over is 12-4 in Utes last 16 overall. The over is 5-0 in Cougars last 5 overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Neither of these teams are playing good basketball right now and this is a spot where I usually grab the free points and leave. It just happens we're getting a free bucket with Washington State, the club that has an edge on the defensive side of the court. You just can't lay points with the Utah Utes in their current form, especially on the road. I'll back Washington State here.