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Utah vs. Stanford - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Stanford Cardinal (13-11) at Utah Utes (13-9)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Utah Utes -4.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FS1
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NCAA BB | Stanford Cardinal (13-11) at Utah Utes (13-9)
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The Stanford Cardinal and Utah Utes meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

The Stanford Cardinal need a win here after splitting their last six games. The Stanford Cardinal are averaging 76.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 74.6 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Reid Travis is averaging 19.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while Dorian Pickens is averaging 14.4 points and 2.1 assists. Michael Humphrey is the third double-digit scorer and Daejon Davis is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Stanford Cardinal are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free throw line. The Stanford Cardinal are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game. The Stanford Cardinal have lost three of their last five road games.

The Utah Utes need a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Utah Utes are averaging 74.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 70.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Justin Bibbins is averaging 13.7 points and five assists while David Collette is averaging 12.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. Sedrick Barefield is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Rawson is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Utah Utes are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Utes are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Utah Utes have won eight of their last 10 home games.

The Cardinal are 12-27-1 ATS in their last 40 road games, 9-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. Pacific-12 and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Utes are 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 home games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cardinal are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Utah, the home team is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Utah.

The home team has won each of the last eight meetings between Utah and Stanford, and the Utes are outscoring teams by 14 points at home this season. The Stanford Cardinal are hot and cold all season long and can struggle to get stops at times, allowing 46 percent shooting on the road. Utah needs a victory here if its season is going to be saved and its defensive pressure should be the difference. I'll eat the reasonable line here.

Pick:
Utah Utes -4.5

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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