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Utah vs. Arizona State - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona State at Utah
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Salt Lake City, UT
The Line
Utah Utes -1.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5
TV Channel
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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 dropped to 16-8 (7-5 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Colorado Buffaloes, 77-73, this past Wednesday night. Arizona State struggled defensively against the Buffaloes in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Colorado took a 70-61 lead with just :58 seconds left in regulation. Arizona State allowed Colorado to shoot 49.1% from the field and was outrebounded by the Buffaloes by a 39-33 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was Luguentz Dort who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Arizona State is averaging 78.7 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona State has been led by Luguentz Dort (16.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Remy Martin (12.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Zylan Cheatham (11.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3.6 apg), and Rob Edwards (10.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to average 73.5 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils have a rebound margin of 6.5 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Utah Utes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 14-10 (8-4 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Arizona Wildcats, 83-76, this past Thursday. Utah was outstanding on the offensive end against the Wildcats and was able to pull away after a 23-7 Utes run gave Utah a 71-56 lead with 6:01 left in regulation. Utah shot 50.0% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Utes was Parker Van Dyke who had 23 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Utah is averaging 76.1 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Utes are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah has been led by Sedrick Barefield (16.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), Timmy Allen (11.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.3 apg), Donnie Tillman (10.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Both Gach (8.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.1 apg).

Defensively, Utah is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Utes have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of -3.6.

The Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss, however, are just 4-12-2 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Utes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

Arizona State has lost 3 of their last 5 games and come into this game ranked 54th in scoring offense, 237th in scoring defense, and 38th in defensive FG%.

Utah has won 7 of their last 9 games and currently rank 102nd in scoring offense, 56th in FG%, and 246th in scoring defense.

Arizona State is one of the hardest teams in College Basketball to figure out as although they have the talent to beat anyone as we’ve seen in wins agianst Kansas, Mississippi State, and Washington, the Sun Devils also have their share of head scratching losses on the season. Utah has been playing some of their best basketball of the season and of late and between the fact that I think the Utes offense will be able to put up points agianst the Sun Devils defense and that Utah defeated Arizona State by a 96-86 margin on the road earlier this season, I’m taking Utah to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

Utah Utes -1.5

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