Thursday night college basketball and we will see the Arizona State Sun Devils travel to the Jon M. Huntsman Center to take on the Utah Utes. The game has a start time of 10:30 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Current Vegas betting odds have the Utah listed as 12 point favorites, while the total is set at 130.
Analysis: The Arizona State Sun Devils come into this game having won 3 in a row to clime back to .500 in the Pac-12 with a 7-7 record. Overall the Sun Devils have gone 15-12, but they are just 2-7 in true road games for the year. ASU has gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, but just 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 0-8 ATS the last 8 in the series. The Sun Devils have been a decent offensive team this year, ranking 106th in scoring (70.2 ppg), 95th in shooting (45.1%), 103rd in 3 point shooting (36.0%) and 252nd in FT shooting (66.8%). The defense for this team has been average as they come in ranked, 141st in points allowed (65.1 ppg), 230th in defensive FG% (43.9%) and 219th 3 point defense (34.8%).
The Utah Utes come in to this game off a rough 11 point loss at Oregon. The loss snapped a 5 game win streak for the Utes and dropped them 1 games behind Arizona in the Pac-12 with an 11-3 record. Overall the Utes are now 21-5 on the year. Utah has gone 21-5 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 27-11 ATS in their last 38 games following a S.U. loss. The Utes have been a good offensive team this year, ranking 60th in scoring (72.6 ppg), 8th in shooting (49.0%), 16th in 3 point shooting (39.9%) and 163rd in FT shooting (69.3%). The defense for this team has been excellent as they come in ranked 10th in points allowed (56.1 ppg), 13th in defensive FG% (38.0%) and 67th in 3 point defense (31.6%).
Pick: Liking the Under here and it is one of my top plays of the day. Utah at home will dictate pace here and that has really been to slow the game down allot on offense, while relying mostly on their strong defensive play to win their games. The Utes come in having allowed just 56.7 ppg at home and just 52.8 ppg in their last 6 games, with those last 6 games averaging just 119.7 ppg. Just can't see a whole lot of scoring going on in this game, especially with Utah playing defense at such a high level right now.
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