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Utah vs. Arizona - 2/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona at Utah
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Salt Lake City, UT
The Line
Utah Utes -3.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Arizona Wildcats will travel to the Jon M. Huntsman Center to take on the Utah Utes this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Arizona Wildcats lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 14-10 (5-6 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Washington State Cougars, 69-55, this past Saturday. Arizona once against struggled offensively and couldn’t fight back into the game after falling behind by a 33-21 margin at halftime. Arizona shot just 31.1% from the field and 26.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Justin Coleman who had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Arizona is averaging 72.4 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona has been led by Brandon Randolph (14.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.1 apg), Brandon Williams (12.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.7 apg), Chase Jeter (11.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg), and Justin Coleman (9.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Arizona is allowing their opponents to an average of 69.0 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 3.6.

 The Utah Utes won their 2nd straight game and improved to 13-10 (7-4 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the UCLA Bruins, 93-92, this past Saturday. Utah trailed by a 81-68 margin with just 3:18 left in regulation, however, fought back to make it a game late and secured the come from behind victory after Parker Van Dyke hit the game-winning three-pointer for the Utes as time expired. Utah shot 47.8% from the field and outrebounded UCLA by a 34-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Utes was Timmy Allen who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, Utah is averaging 75.8 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Utes are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah has been led by Sedrick Barefield (16.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), Timmy Allen (11.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Donnie Tillman (10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Both Gach (8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg).

Defensively, Utah is allowing their opponents to average 74.1 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Utes have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of -3.7.

The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Utes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Arizona has lost 6 of their last 7 games and currently rank 195th in scoring offense, 277th in FG%, and 121st in scoring defense.

Utah has won 6 of their last 8 games and currently rank 108th in scoring offense, 62nd in FG%, and 245th in scoring defense.

Utah lost by an 84-81 margin in OT at Arizona earlier this season, however, these two programs have really gone in different directions since that game as Utah currently sits in a tie for 2nd in the Pac-12 while Arizona currently sits below .500 in Pac-12 play. Arizona is just 3-4 on the road this season and as I just don’t see how the Wildcats offense will be able to keep up with the Utes on the road, I’m taking Utah to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Utah Utes -3.5

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