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Utah vs. Arizona State - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona State Sun Devils (12-2) at Utah Utes (10-4)
Date & Time Sunday January 7, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Utah Utes +2 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Arizona State Sun Devils (12-2) at Utah Utes (10-4)
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The Arizona State Sun Devils and Utah Utes meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

The Arizona State Sun Devils need a bounce back victory to snap a string of back-to-back losses. The Arizona State Sun Devils are averaging 90 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 73.9 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Tra Holder is averaging 22.1 points and 4.3 assists while Shannon Evans II is averaging 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. Romello White is the third double-digit scorer and Kodi Justice is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Arizona State Sun Devils are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona State Sun Devils are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Arizona State Sun Devils have lost two of their last three road games.

The Utah Utes look for a statement win after winning six of their last nine games. The Utah Utes are averaging 76.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.6 points on 41.1 percent shooting. David Collette is averaging 13.6 points and 4.7 rebounds while Justin Bibbins is averaging 13.1 points and 4.7 assists. Sedrick Barefield is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Rawson is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Utah Utes are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have won six of their last seven home games.

The Sun Devils are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Utes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Sun Devils are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Utah, 0-11 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

It's tough to beat the Utah Utes on their home court, but these aren't the same Utah Utes from years past. Arizona State is a legit title contender with an offense that can mop the floor with any defense. Arizona State is also eager to get back on track after two bad losses. Even on the road, give me the Sun Devils, the much better team, and the small line.

Pick:
Arizona State Sun Devils -2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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