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College baskeball point spread favors Wildcats in battle with Utes

Utah UtesArizona Wildcats
Jan 5, 5:00 PM | McKale Center

Utah Utes vs Arizona Wildcats Odds

8-5TEAM RECORD13-0

The Arizona Wildcats host Utah on Saturday, looking to build on their 13-0 mark against the 8-5 Utes in college hoops action at McKale Center.

The Wildcats bring a 13-0 record (7-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 8-5 Utes, who are 8-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Arizona go 2-7-1 so far and the Utes go 3-4.

View Utah vs Arizona Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Arizona opened as 19-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats - Utes odds would favor the Utes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Arizona is rated No. 36 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Utah is at No. 22. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 83-77 win for the Wildcats.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Utes rank No. 37 in NCAA Division 1 with 39.6 per game. That compares with Arizona’s No. 86 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Arizona is college basketball's No. 37-ranked team at 8.1 per game, while the Utes rate No. 146 with 6.4 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Utah owns the country's No. 43-rated mark, allowing 61.8 points per game on the highway. Arizona, on the other hand, rates No. 51 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Utah was a 55-54 loser on the road against Arizona State. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Utes got 19 points from Jason Washburn, but it was Arizona State that prevailed in a 55-54 final on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena.

Arizona won its last outing, a 92-83 result against Colorado on January 3. They failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point favorite. Arizona earned a 92-83 victory over Colorado on Thursday, getting 24 points from Mark Lyons at McKale Center.

Utah Utes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing UCLA are 1-0
After playing Arizona State are 3-3
After a loss are 5-5

Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Oregon are 7-3
After playing Colorado are 2-2
After a win are 10-0

A few Utes at Wildcats trends to consider:
Utah is 1-18 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Utah

Next up:
Utah home to UCLA, Thursday, January 10
Arizona at Oregon, Thursday, January 10