Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Wildcats versus the Runnin’ Utes? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on PACN. The game will be played at Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT. In this Pac-12 matchup, Arizona is favored by -5.5 vs. Utah. The over/under for the game is 160 points.

ARIZONA WILDCATS VS UTAH RUNNIN’ UTES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Utah Runnin’ Utes +5.5

This game will be played at Jon M. Huntsman Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.

WHY BET THE UTAH RUNNIN’ UTES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Runnin’ Utes.
  • Not only will Utah pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 160 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will Arizona Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

Arizona is 17-5 on the season and the Wildcats have won three straight games. They are 8-3 in Pac-12 play compared to a 9-2 record in non-conference games. On the road, the Wildcats are 4-5 this season and they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 road games.

For the year, Arizona has been favored in 21 of their 22 games and they have gone 16-5 as the favorite. Their average scoring margin on the road is +0.7 compared to +28.2 at home. The Wildcats have won all 13 of their home games this season.

Arizona has an ATS record of 14-8 this season and they are 13-8 vs. the spread when favored. On the road, the Wildcats are 4-5 ATS and they have gone 1-2 ATS in their last three road games. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Arizona has a mark of 4-6 vs. the spread.

Arizona’s over/under record for the season is 10-11-1 and today’s line of 160 is slightly higher than the average over/under line in their games (158.3). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 157 points.

In their latest game, Arizona offense put up 82 points against Stanford. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 47.7% and made 6 threes. Caleb Love is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 18.9. Meanwhile, Oumar Ballo also brings a PPG average of 13 into the game.

At present, the Wildcats’ defense is nationally ranked 170th, allowing 72.0 points per game. Arizona’s three-point defense is currently 202nd in the country at 8.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.5% of their shots vs. Arizona.

Can Utah Pull Off a Home Win?

Utah is 13-3 this season when favored and 2-4 when the underdog. The Runnin’ Utes have won 11 straight games at home and are 10-0 in their last 10.

So far, Utah’s record at home is 13-2 compared to 2-5 on the road. They are coming off a 73-68 win over Colorado and have gone 5-0 in their last five games at home.

Utah’s ATS record for the season is currently at .500 (11-11). At home, they are 9-6 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Utes have gone just 2-7-1 vs. the spread.

Utah’s over/under record for the season is 9-11-2 and the average scoring total in their games is 149.6 points. Today’s over/under line of 160 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (146.7). So far, 16 of their games have finished with less points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 148 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Utah offense tallied 73 points in a matchup against Colorado. Their field goal percentage for the game was 46.4%, and they made 7 threes. For the season, the Utah offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 47%. So far, they have hit 54% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 8.8 made three’s per contest.

Coming into today’s game, the Utah defense is giving up an average of 71.2 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Utah’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 35.1% this season.