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BYU CougarsUtah Utes
Dec 10, 2:00 PM | Huntsman Center

BYU Cougars vs Utah Utes Odds

7-2TEAM RECORD1-7

The Utes will try to cover the spread at Huntsman Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the BYU Cougars in college basketball action.

This season, the Utes are 1-7 overall and 0-6-1 ATS ATS, while the Cougars are 7-2 and 4-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Utah boasts a 4-3 on the OU, and BYU is 2-4.

View BYU vs Utah Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Utes as 20-point underdogs in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Utes, most recently No. 343 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cougars, who rate No. 69 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 87-50 victory for the Cougars.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Utah has the nation's No. 312-rated offensive output, at 58.8 PPG. The visiting Cougars defense ranks No. 51 allowing on average 60.3 PPG. The Utes FG% has averaged 42.7% so far, less than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.5% per game.

Defensively, BYU features the nation's No. 86-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.7 points per game. Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 319 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for BYU, they were a 94-66 winner as they battled Weber State at home. They covered in the match as a 13-point favorite. The Cougars blew out Weber State on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 94-66 win at Marriott Center.

Utah was an 81-50 loser in their most recent outing at home against CS Fullerton. They failed to cover the 7.5–point spread as underdogs. Utah was crushed on Wednesday, getting blown out by CS Fullerton and falling by an 81-50 score at Huntsman Center.

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After playing Weber State are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Utah Utes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Idaho State are 3-1
After playing CS Fullerton are 3-0
After a loss are 1-9

A few Cougars at Utes trends to consider:
BYU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah
BYU is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of BYU's last 7 games when playing on the road against Utah
The total has gone OVER in 9 of BYU's last 13 games on the road
Utah is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against BYU
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games when playing at home against BYU
Utah is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing BYU
Utah is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against BYU

Next up:
BYU home to Baylor, Saturday, December 17
Utah home to Idaho State, Friday, December 16

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