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Go with Arizona To Tame Utes

Arizona put a recent 18-point loss to Stanford in the rear-view mirror by rolling past Colorado in its Pac-12 home opener and looks to take care of business at home once again against Utah on Saturday. The college basketball betting lines have the Wildcats listed as 13-point favorites.

Utah hasn’t won at Arizona since 1998. For the fifth time in the last seven road games against Arizona, the Utes come in as a double-digit underdog.

Go with Arizona To Tame Utes
Go with Arizona To Tame Utes

Utah guard Exacte Wilguens is out indefinitely while Arizona forward Henri Veesaar is also out.

The NCAA basketball predictions have Arizona favored for the seventh game in a row against Utah with the line moving from 11½ to 13.

Arizona fell six spots to No. 10 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls after the loss to Stanford. Utah is receiving votes in both national polls.

When looking at the NCAA basketball futures odds, Arizona was the preseason favorite in the Pac-12 while Utah came into the season tied for the seventh-best odds of winning the Pac-12 title. Arizona is second at +1000 in odds of winning the national championship while Utah is well back at +15000 in the championship odds.

Utah vs Arizona Game Information

  • Game: Utah (11-3, 2-1 in the Pac-12) vs Arizona 11-3 (2-1 in the Pac-12)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
  • Utah vs Arizona Live Stream: TBS.com

 

The Wildcats have covered in winning all seven games this season when listed as the home favorite. Utah covered in its lone game as a road underdog.

The Wildcats are priced at -920 to win the game with Utah at +620 on the moneyline according to the Las Vegas NCAAB odds.

 

Utah vs Arizona Odds and Spreads

  • Arizona has won its last 10 home games versus Utah.
  • Utah covered in six of its last nine games against Arizona.
  • Arizona is 11-3 against the Las Vegas college basketball odds in its last 14 games.
  • Both of Utah’s true road games landed over the total.
  • The total has gone under in four of Utah’s last six games.
  • Utah has covered in just one of its last six road games.
  • The total has gone over in seven of the last 10 games between the Utes and the Wildcats.
  • The total has gone over in five of Arizona’s last seven games.

 

Over/Under Pick: Over 164 (-110)

Arizona is second in the country in scoring offense and rebounding while Utah is in the top 20 nationally in 3-point percentage.


Led by guard Caleb Love, who has scored at least 20 points in five of his last seven games, the Wildcats can put up points in a hurry. While it is a little risky, go with the game to go over the total.

ATS Pick: Arizona (-13, -110)

Arizona has covered in seven of its last eight games as a double-digit favorite. Even though we’d feel more comfortable going with Arizona as the original line of 11½, the recent loss to Stanford seems to have gotten the attention of the Wildcats.

Player Prop Pick: Arizona’s Oumar Ballo Over 13 Points (-189)

The matchup between 7-footers Oumar Ballo of Arizona, who looks to rebound from his lowest scoring game of the season, and Brendan Carlson of Utah could be an intriguing game within the game.

Carlson has scored 19, 34, and 19 points in his last three games and he will have to come up big for the Utes to be able to stick around.

Look for the challenge to bring out the best out of Ballo.

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Utah vs Arizona Prediction

Arizona 94, Utah 76

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Are there any injuries or suspensions that could impact the Utah-Arizona matchup?


Arizona’s Henri Veesaar has yet to play this season and neither has Utah guard Wilguens Exacte Jr.

Which player do the experts think will score the most points in this game?


Arizona’s Caleb Love had three straight 20-point games before finishing with 16 in a win over Colorado. Don’t be surprised if Love tops 20 points.

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