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Utah vs. BYU - 12/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
BYU Cougars (6-4) at Utah Utes (4-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Utah Utes +3 -- Over/Under: 156
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | BYU Cougars (6-4) at Utah Utes (4-3)
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The BYU Cougars and Utah Utes meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The BYU Cougars could use  victory here after losing three of their last four games. The BYU Cougars are averaging 85.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 77.2 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Yoeli Childs is averaging 22.9 points and 11.4 rebounds while TJ Haws is averaging 16 points and 5.2 assists. Jahshire Hardnett is the third double-digit scorer and Connor Harding is grabbing four rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The BYU Cougars have lost their last three non-home games.

The Utah Utes look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Utah Utes are averaging 74.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Sedrick Barefield is averaging 13.7 points and 3.4 assists while Donnie Tillman is averaging 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Riley Battin is grabbing 2.3 rebounds and Both Gach is dishing 1.8 assists. The Utah Utes are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have lost three of their last four non-home games.

The Cougars are 18-38-1 ATS in their last 57 neutral site games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The Utes are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cougars are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 14-5 in Utes last 19 neutral site games. The over is 6-1 in Cougars last 7 overall.

The Utah Utes are a better team than what they've shown up to this point, and I'm chalking up this slow start to somewhat of a tough schedule. The BYU Cougars can score the basketball at a high percentage, but they can also be hit or miss defensively. Utah should be able to control the pace in this game and frustrate BYU. I'll take the free bucket, but the Utah Utes will have their chances to win this contest outright. 

Pick:
Utah Utes +3

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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