Arizona Wildcats (11-3) at Utah Utes (10-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 4, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Utah Utes +4 -- Over/Under:
The Arizona Wildcats and Utah Utes meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The Arizona Wildcats look to stay hot while building on their eight-game winning streak. The Arizona Wildcats are averaging 83.5 points on 51.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 42 percent shooting. Allonzo Trier is averaging 21.3 points and 3.2 assists while Deandre Ayton is averaging 19.7 points and 11.9 rebounds. Rawle Alkins is the third double-digit scorer and Dusan Ristic is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Arizona Wildcats are shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona Wildcats are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The Arizona Wildcats have won five straight road games.
The Utah Utes look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Utah Utes are averaging 75.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 40.4 percent shooting. David Collette is averaging 13.2 points and five rebounds while Justin Bibbins is averaging 13.1 points and 4.5 assists. Tyler Rawson is the third double-digit scorer and Donnie Tillman is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Utah Utes are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 30.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have won 10 of their last 11 home games.
The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pacific-12. The Utes are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Pacific-12 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Utah, 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Arizona Wildcats are finally starting to play like the team we expected to see this season and are a dangerous team if they can keep it up. However, the Utah Jazz are proving to be one of the more balanced teams in the country, which includes having an elite defense that forces tough shots consistently. Utah is also a very tough place to play, and the Utes haven't lost a regular season home game since Jan 26 of last year, when they played a top-10 Oregon team. I'll take my free buckets here.