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Utah vs. Oregon - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oregon at Utah
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Salt Lake City, UT
The Line
Utah Utes PK -- Over/Under: 137
TV Channel
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The Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes meet in Pac-12 college basketball action from the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Thursday night.

The Oregon Ducks will look to find some measure of consistency after splitting their last 10 games following a 78-58 win over Washington State in their last outing. Louis King led the Ducks with 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 4 threes and 5 rebounds while Kenny Wooten had 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting with 3 blocks and Paul White had 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 6 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Oregon in the win. Payton Pritchard added 5 points while dishing out a team-high 8 assists and racking up 6 steals while Will Richardson recorded 6 assists as well in the victory. Pritchard leads Oregon with an average of 11.4 points and 4.6 assists per game while White leads the Ducks in rebounding with 3.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Oregon is averaging 71.6 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the 3-point line and 74.1% from the foul line this season.

The Utah Utes will look to build on their current 4-game winning streak following an 82-64 win over Cal last time out. Sedrick Barefield led the Utes with 21 points on 8 of 18 shooting with 4 threes while Both Gach added 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 3 triples and Timmy Allen added 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 12 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists for the double-double to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Utah in the win. Jayce Johnson added 8 points to match his 8 rebounds as well in the victory. Barefield leads Utah with an average of 16.2 points and 3.7 assists per game while Johnson leads the Utes in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Utah is averaging 75.3 points per game on 47.3% shooting from the field, 38.2% from behind the 3-point line and 71.5% from the foul line this season.

Oregon is 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 road games against a team with a winning home record. Utah is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 33-16-5 ATS in their last 54 conference games while the under is 10-1 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. Oregon is 8-1-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 2-0-2 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Utah.

This game could potentially go either way given how both teams have played as of late, which is why the game is lined at a pick ‘em. However, even with all the success the Ducks have had ATS in this matchup, and the fact that Oregon has won 9 of the last 10 meetings, I think that Utah is still the way to go here. Oregon has had issues with consistency as of late, and losing their leading scorer in Bol Bol hasn’t helped much. Oregon did beat Arizona on the road, but followed that up with the offense failing to show up against Arizona State. Utah has really stepped things up in conference play, and I’m of the belief that the Utes are a better team than what their record would indicate. I’m just having a hard time trusting Oregon on the road, so I’ll side with Utah at home in this pick ‘em contest.

Utah PK

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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