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Utah vs Arizona State 2/26/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Arizona State Sun Devils (11-16) vs. Utah Runnin' Utes (11-17)
February 26, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Utah Runnin' Utes -2.5 / Arizona State Sun Devils +2.5; Over/Under: 136.5
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The Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to the Jon M. Huntsman Center to take on the Utah Utes this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Arizona State Sun Devils improved to 11-16 on the season after defeating the Colorado Buffaloes, 82-65, this past Thursday. Arizona State dominated Colorado on both ends of the court and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 62-43 lead with 9:24 left in regulation. Arizona State shot 49.2% from the field & 52.9% from beyond the arc while holding Colorado to just 38.9% shooting from the field & 25.9% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was Jay Heath who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Arizona State is averaging 65.1 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 30.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona State has been led by DJ Horne (12.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), Kimani Lawrence (10.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jay Health (10.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), & Marreon Jackson (10.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg).

Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to an average of 68.6 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils have a rebound margin of -4.6 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Utah Utes had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-17 on the season after being defeated by the 2nd ranked Arizona Wildcats, 97-77, this past Thursday. Utah struggled defensively against Arizona and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 53-33 margin. Utah shot 40.3% from the field & 36.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Arizona to shoot 52.1% from the field & 42.9% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Utes was David Jenkins Jr. who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, & 3 assists in 21 minutes from off the bench.

On the season, Utah is averaging 70.0 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Utes are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah has been led by Branden Carlson (13.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.7 bpg), Both Gach (9.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), Marco Anthony (8.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.2 apg), & Rollie Worster (8.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg).

Defensively, Utah is allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Utes have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of -1.9.

The Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games, however, are just 3-14-1 ATS in their last 18 games. The Utes are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. Arizona State, however, are just 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games.

Arizona State has had a disappointing season overall, largely due to an offense that ranks just 304th in scoring offense & 323rd in FG%, however, the Sun Devils have been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late, winning 4 of their last 5 games, which includes road wins at Washington State & Colorado. Utah has played better since getting Branden Carlson back in the lineup, however, Utah has struggled on both ends of the court this season, ranking just 209th in scoring offense & 217th in scoring defense. Utah is just 7-7 at home this season and although Arizona State hasn’t had much success on the road against the Utes, after seeing the Sun Devils have no issues defeating Colorado on the road, I think the play here is to take the Sun Devils and the points. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick: Arizona State Sun Devils +2.5

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Brett Nault

Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05

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