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Utah Looks To Put Wildcat Woes Behind Them

Utah has always struggled against the Arizona Wildcats, as the Utes have dropped 12 of the past 13 contests between the two programs. Utah did manage to defeat Arizona in the last meeting late in the regular season last year, but three of the five starters from that Utes squad are no longer around.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER has gone 4-0 in the past four between Utah and Arizona.
  • The total has gone OVER in 20 of Arizona's last 27 games at home.
  • Utah is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games against the Pac-12.

Larry Krystkowiak has made it a habit to constantly rotate players on and off the court, with six players averaging double-digit points and seven seeing at least 24 minutes per game. David Collette has become the leader of the Utes since returning from injury, as the junior has averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in his five games since rejoining the lineup.

Expectations were slightly tempered entering the season with Arizona considering the team's youth, but the freshmen-led squad has been fantastic to start the year. Freshmen Lauri Markkanen and Rawle Alkins are first and second on the team in scoring and rebounding while Kobi Simmons is third in points.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Utah Utes opened as 12-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Utah Utes vs Arizona Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 13-2 and 9-6 ATS Arizona Wildcats will face the 10-3 Utah Utes, who own a 5-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Arizona Wildcats are 7-7-1 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Utah Utes are 6-4-1.

The Wildcats - Utes odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Arizona is rated No. 8 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Utah is at No. 69.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Utah Utes rank No. 20 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 40.77 per game. That compares with Arizona’s No. 102 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Arizona is college basketball's No. 235-ranked team at 5.73 per game, while the Utah Utes rate No. 197 with 6.54 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Utes got 15 points from Lorenzo Bonam as Utah ran past Colorado 76-60 on Sunday at Jon M. Huntsman Center.

The battle between the Wildcats and Cardinal didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Stanford was handed a 91-52 defeat on Sunday at Maples Pavilion.

Betting Trends
  • Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Utah is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Arizona
  • Arizona is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Arizona is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Utah at Arizona State, Saturday, January 7th
Arizona at Colorado, Saturday, January 7th