BYU Cougars (5-0) vs. Utah Runnin' Utes (5-0)
November 27, 2021 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Runnin' Utes +1 / BYU Cougars -1; Over/Under: -136.5
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The BYU Cougars and Utah Utes meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The BYU Cougars look to get off to a 6-0 start. The Utah Utes also look for a 6-0 start.
The BYU Cougars are averaging 78.8 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 58.6 points on 38.8 percent shooting. Alex Barcello is averaging 18.8 points and 2.2 rebounds while Te’Jon Lucas is averaging 10 points and 5 assists. Fousseyni Traore is grabbing 7 rebounds and Spencer Johnson is dishing 1 assist. The BYU Cougars are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 21 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.6 rebounds per game.
The Utah Utes are averaging 77 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 57.2 points on 36.6 percent shooting. Branden Carlson is averaging 15.4 points and 7.2 rebounds, while David Jenkins Jr. is averaging 14.6 points and 1.8 rebounds. Both Gach is the third double-digit scorer and Rollie Worster is dishing 4 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 25.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game.
The Cougars are 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. The Utes are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Cougars last 5 overall. The over is 5-1 in Utes last 6 home games. The underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Utah Utes are once again an excellent defensive team that’s always worth a look in the underdog role. However, it’s nothing BYU hasn’t seen already, and the Cougars are an offensive balanced team that’s going to find offensive success regardless. BYU is also far more proven up to this point, with wins over San Diego State and Oregon. I have to lean toward BYU here.