UTSA Roadrunners (5-4) vs. Utah Runnin' Utes (8-2)
December 13, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Runnin' Utes -21.5 / UTSA Roadrunners +21.5; Over/Under: +136.5
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The UTSA Roadrunners and the Utah Utes meet in college basketball action from the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Tuesday night.
The UTSA Roadrunners will try to bounce back from a 94-76 loss to New Mexico in their last game. Jacob Germany leads UTSA with 12.3 PPG and 7.9 RPG to lead UTSA on the glass and in scoring while Japhet Medor has 10.6 PPG with 4.3 RPG and a team-high 3.9 APG to lead the Roadrunners in assists this season. John Buggs III has 10.1 PPG to round out the group of double-digit scorers for UTSA so far this season. As a team, UTSA is averaging 68.2 PPG on 41% shooting from the field, 32.3% from three and 68.6% from the foul line this season.
The Utah Utes will hope to build on their four-game win streak after a 99-58 win over Jacksonville State last time out. Branden Carlson leads Utah in scoring and rebounding with 14 PPG and 7.2 RPG while Gabe Madsen has 12.9 PPG with 3.2 RPG and Marco Anthony has 10.4 PPG with 6.3 RPG this season. Rollie Worster also has 10.1 PPG with 5.9 RPG and a team-high 4.9 APG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Utah up to this point in the season. As a team, Utah is averaging 74.5 PPG on 46.1% shooting from the field, 40.3% from three and 67% from the foul line this season.
UTSA is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 9-21 ATS in their last 30 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Utah is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall.
I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m on the Utes here. Earlier on, it wasn’t something I was looking to do with Utah, laying a big number, as the Utes played a slower, defensive style that lent itself to a lower-scoring battle. That being said, Utah has started picking up the offense as of late, and I just feel like UTSA’s lackluster defense won’t be able to do enough to get the necessary stops to keep this one close. Give me the Utes laying the points.