College Basketball Predictions: Utah Utes vs. Arizona Wildcats

Utah Utes vs. Arizona Wildcats
Sunday, 1/26/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Arizona -15
Current Betting Line:  Arizona -15
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Arizona Wildcats are the top-ranked team in the country
The Arizona Wildcats are the top-ranked team in the country

Utah had its two-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 79-75 defeat to the Arizona State Sun Devils as 4.5-point road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total of 135.5.  The Utes have won 12 of their 14 games this season by doule figures and are third in the nation in scoring margin, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The program has dropped seven in a row in this series, with its last victory coming in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.  Utah is 6-6 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons.

The Utes rank third nationally in shooting 50.8 percent from the field, while their 1.54 assist-to-turnover ratio sits behind just 11 other teams.  Utah has three players averaging in double figures, with sophomore forward Jordan Loveridge leading the way at 16.7 points a contest.  It’s important to point out that the squad shoots 74.9 percent from the charity stripe, which gives it a decisive advantage over Arizona’s 66.7 mark.

Arizona is off to its best start in Pac-12 Conference play since the 2002-03 season, while it has compiled a dominating 33-7 SU home record against such opponents under head coach Sean Miller.  The Wildcats are third in the country in allowing opponents to shoot just 37 percent from the floor, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  The program is limiting foes to 40.0 percent shooting inside the arc to rank second in that all-important category.  Arizona is 11-3 ATS versus teams with a winning record during the 2013-14 campaign.The Wildcats have won the rebounding battle in 17 of their 19 games this season, while their size has allowed them to outscore opponents by an average of 14.2 points in the paint.  Arizona also has three players scoring in double figures, with junior guard Nick Johnson leading the way at 16.4 points a contest.  The team’s current string of seven-straight weeks at No. 1 is a school record.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 4-1 in the Utes’ five games as underdogs this season.

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