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Utah vs. Washington - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington at Utah
Date & Time Thursday January 10, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Jon M. Huntsman Center
Salt Lake City, UT
The Line
Washington Huskies -1 -- Over/Under: 141.5
TV Channel
FS-1
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NCAA BB | Washington at Utah
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The Washington Huskies and the Utah Utes meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Thursday night.

The Washington Huskies will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after an 85-67 win over Washington State in their last outing. David Crisp led the Huskies with 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 3 threes while Jaylen Nowell added 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 3 threes and team-highs of 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Matisse Thybulle added 17 points on a perfect night shooting, 4 of 4 from the floor, including 3 of 3 from behind the arc and 6 of 6 mark from the foul line to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Washington in the win while also adding 4 blocks. Nahziah Carter added 9 points with 8 rebounds and 4 assists as well in the victory. Nowell leads Washington with an average of 17.3 points and 3.3 assists per game while Noah Dickerson leads the Huskies in rebounding with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 72.1 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field, 32.2% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

The Utah Utes will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including an 84-81 overtime loss to Arizona in their last outing. Sedrick Barefield led the Utes with 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 4 assists and 3 steals. Donnie Tillman added 21 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 3 triples and 4 assists of his own while Timmy Allen chipped in 11 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Utah in the loss. Jayce Johnson added 8 points and a team-high 7 rebounds as well in the losing effort. Barefield leads Utah with an average of 16.4 points and 3.5 assists per game while Tillman leads the Utes on the glass with 6.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Utah is averaging 75.6 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the 3-point line and 73.9% from the foul line this season.

Washington is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a win while the under is 25-7 in their last 32 conference games. Utah is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Washington is 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Utah.

On the surface, a low line between these two given the form of both teams over the course of the season would probably point most towards the Huskies. However, Utah has played the rest of the Pac-12 tough and have had the number of Washington for quite some time now. The Huskies haven’t covered against the Utes since February 2016 and the Utes have won 9 of the last 10 games against Washington. I like how the Utes have looked in their last couple of outings, and given the history between these two teams, I’ll take the free point with Utah in a game I see the Utes winning outright.

Pick:
Utah +1

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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