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College Basketball Betting Odds Utah Utes vs Washington State Cougars Free PIck

Thursday night college basketball and we will see the Utah Utes travel to the Beasley Coliseum to take on the Washington State Cougars. The game has a start time of 11:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN U. Current Vegas betting odds have the Utes listed as 13 point favorites, while the total is set at 136. 

Analysis: The Utah Utes come in off a hard fought 63-57 loss at home to the Arizona Wildcats. The Utes now trail Arizona by 2 games in the Pac-12 with a 12-4 mark, while overall they have gone 22-6 on the year. Utah has gone 28-11 ATS in their last 39 games following a S.U. loss and 44-20-1 ATS in their last 65 vs. the Pac-12. The Utes have been a good offensive team this year, ranking 63rd in scoring (72.4 ppg), 9th in shooting (48.8%), 12th in 3 point shooting (40.0%) and 153rd in FT shooting (69.5%). The defense for this team has been excellent as they come in ranked 8th in points allowed (55.8 ppg), 5th in defensive FG% (37.5%) and 31st in 3 point defense (30.7%). 

The Washington State Cougars come in having won just 3 of their last 12 games, including losing at UCLA on Sunday night. The Cougars are now just 12-16 on the year, including just 6-10 in the Pac-12 and 7-5 at home. The Cougs have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, but just 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Thursday games. The Cougars have been a good offensive team this year, ranking 96th in scoring (70.5 ppg), 197th in shooting (43.2%), 178th in 3 point shooting (34.2%) and 90th in FT shooting (71.4%). Defensively the Cougars have been very poor this year, ranking 345th in points allowed (76.1 ppg), 324th in defensive FG% (46.4%) and 300th in 3 point defense (36.9%).

Pick: I am going to look at the Utes in this one. The Cougars are all about offense, but lately they have been a very average offensive team, putting up just 70.8 ppg in their last 5 games. I don't see that improving here vs a Utah defense that is on fire, allowing just 54.2 ppg in their last 5 games. On the flipside we have a Washington State defense that has allowed 76.4 in their last 5 games and 76.8 ppg at home. This defense will just not come up with enough stops vs an angry Utah team that is looking to get back on track after a tough loss to Arizona over the weekend.  

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