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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Utes underdogs vs Cougars at Washington State

Utah UtesWashington State Cougars
Jan 16, 9:30 PM | Friel Court

Utah Utes vs Washington State Cougars Odds

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The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Washington State and Utah on Wednesday, with the host Cougars trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Utes will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 10-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Cougars are 8-5 ATS. Utah is 4-6 on the totals; Washington State is 5-6.

View Utah vs Washington State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 7-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. 195-rated Cougars and the No. 24-ranked Utes, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 69-67 result in favor of the Utes.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Washington State's No. 265-ranked scoring average of 63.5 PPG, against a Utes defense rated No. 30 and allowing 58.4 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 43% to date this season, less than the Utes shooters have managed so far (45% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Utah owns the country's No. 38-rated mark, allowing 61.4 points per game on the highway. Washington State, on the other hand, rates No. 271 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 76-59 loser as they battled USC at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite. The Utes endured a 76-59 loss at the hands of the Trojans on Saturday, despite an 18 -point effort from Jarred DuBois at Huntsman Center.

Washington State was a 67-54 loser in their most recent outing on the road against California. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. The Cougars got 16 points from Brock Motum, but it was California that prevailed in a 67-54 final on Saturday at Haas Pavilion.

Utah Utes Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 3-0
After playing USC are 1-2
After a loss are 5-5

Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Colorado are 0-1
After playing California are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Utes at Cougars trends to consider:
Utah is 1-19 SU in its last 20 games on the road
Washington State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Washington State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Utah
Washington State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Utah

Next up:
Utah at Washington, Saturday, January 19
Washington State home to Colorado, Saturday, January 19

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