California favored by 10.5 against Utah on Thursday
Utah Utes vs California Golden Bears Odds
Utah pays a visit to California on Thursday, hoping to send the Golden Bears to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Haas Pavilion.
The Golden Bears bring a 18-9 record (10-13-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 11-15 Utes, who are 16-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed California go 8-16 so far and the Utes go 10-10.
The visitors opened as 10.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 62-rated Golden Bears and the No. 109-ranked Utes, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 68-67 result in favor of the Golden Bears.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and California has the nation's No. 167-rated offensive output, at 67.7 PPG. The visiting Utes defense ranks No. 72 allowing on average 62.2 PPG. The Golden Bears FG% has averaged 44.7% so far, more than the Utes marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.6% per game.
Defensively, Utah features the nation's No. 97-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.2 points per game. California, meanwhile, comes in at No. 176 nationally in scoring at home.
Utah lost its last outing, a 60-50 result against Colorado on February 21. They covered in that game as a 12-point underdog. Utah got 12 points from Jordan Loveridge but lost anyway, 60-50, to Colorado on Thursday at Coors Events Center.
California won its last outing, a 60-59 result against Oregon State on February 23. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite. California earned a 60-59 victory over Oregon State on Saturday, getting 18 points from Justin Cobbs at Gill Coliseum.
Utah Utes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Stanford are 1-3
After playing Colorado are 5-2
After a loss are 3-7
California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Colorado are 9-0
After playing Oregon State are 9-1
After a win are 5-5
A few Utes at Golden Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games on the road
Utah is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games on the road
California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of California's last 7 games at home
California is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Utah
Utah at Stanford, Sunday, March 3
California home to Colorado, Saturday, March 2