Washington State Cougars (9-10) vs. Utah Runnin' Utes (12-7)
January 19, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Runnin' Utes -3 / Washington State Cougars +3; Over/Under: +131.5
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The Washington State Cougars and Utah Utes meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Washington State Cougars Preview
The Washington State Cougars are averaging 69 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting. TJ Bamba is averaging 15.1 points and 1.7 assists, while Mouhamed Gueye is averaging 13.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. Jabe Mullins is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Powell is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Washington State Cougars are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Washington State Cougars are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game.
The Utah Utes Preview
The Utah Utes are averaging 70.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 62.3 points on 37.7 percent shooting. Branden Carlson is averaging 16 points and 7.5 rebounds, while Gabe Madsen is averaging 11.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. Marco Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Rollie Worster is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Utah Utes are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game.
The Cougars are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Utes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The under is 35-15-1 in Cougars last 51 overall. The under is 13-6 in Utes last 19 overall. The home team is 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings. The favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Utah Runnin’ Utes are in a bit of a funk right now, but they’re at home, where they win by an average of 13.6 points while allowing 37.6 percent shooting. The Washington State Cougars have had issues playing up to their competition all season, and they lose by an average of 5.8 points on the road. I like the Utes to bounce back.