The Utah Utes and Arizona Wildcats meet Saturday in college basketball action at the McKale Center.
The Utah Utes look for a statement win after splitting their last eight games. The Utah Utes are averaging 75.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 73.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Sedrick Barefield is averaging 15.7 points and 3.5 assists while Donnie Tillman is averaging 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds. Timmy Allen is grabbing 3.5 rebounds and Both Gach is dishing 1.9 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have lost two of their three road games this season.
The Arizona Wildcats look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Arizona Wildcats are averaging 73.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 64.9 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Brandon Randolph is averaging 16.2 points and 3.2 rebounds while Chase Jeter is averaging 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds. Brandon Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Coleman is dishing 3.1 assists. The Arizona Wildcats are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona Wildcats are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Arizona Wildcats have won eight of their nine home games this season.
The Utes are 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 vs. Pacific-12, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Pacific-12 and 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games. The Utes are 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Arizona and 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 17-7-1 in Wildcats last 25 overall. The over is 4-1 in Utes last 5 overall.
There's history of close games between these teams, but the Utah Utes have lost their way defensively and look nothing like teams from past years. The Arizona Wildcats are starting to put things together and are outscoring teams by 16.1 points while allowing just 37.9 percent shooting at home this season. The Utah Utes have also had trouble covering numbers in the underdog role, so it's hard to trust them with steeper competition. I'll lay the chalk with the Arizona Wildcats.