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BYU CougarsUtah Utes
8-3December 14, 2013, 10:00 | Jon M. Huntsman Center8-1

The Utah Utes will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the BYU Cougars at Jon M. Huntsman Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Utes are 8-1 so far on the season, and 4-1 ATS vs. the number. The Cougars, meanwhile, are 8-3 and 3-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Utah go 3-2 and the Cougars go 2-6 on the totals.

View BYU Cougars vs Utah Utes Odds and Stats.

The Cougars were listed as -1.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

This game matches up the No. 74 (Utes) and the No. 42 (Cougars) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

BYU was a 100-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against Prairie View A&M. BYU cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Prairie View A&M out of the gym and running up a 100-52 score at Marriott Center.

Last time out for Utah, they were a 74-66 winner as they battled Idaho State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 16.5-point favorite. Jordan Loveridge scored 27 points for Utah on Tuesday, leading the Utes to a 74-66 win over Idaho State at Jon M. Huntsman Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Utah's No. 15-ranked scoring average of 86.11 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 231 and allowing 77.82 PPG. The Utes FG% has averaged 55.03% to date this season, more than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (47.73% per game).

A few Cougars at Utes trends to consider:
BYU is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
BYU is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
BYU is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Utah
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Utah
Utah is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Utah is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing BYU
Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing BYU

Next up:
BYU at Oregon, Saturday, December 21st
Utah at Texas State, Thursday, December 19th