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Utah Utes vs Cougars College Hoops Game Preview

Utah UtesWashington State Cougars
12-3January 12, 2014, 07:00 | Friel Court7-8

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Sunday when the Utes of Utah hit the hard court against the Cougars of Washington State.

Supporters of the Utes have watched them go 12-3 and 9-1 ATS on the year, while the Cougars are at 7-8 and 5-6 ATS. In totals betting, the Cougars are 5-6, while the Utes have a 4-6 mark.

View Utah Utes vs Washington State Cougars Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Utes were listed as -1-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Cougars sit at No. 169 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Utes sit at No. 54 on the same chart.

Utah lost its last outing, a 59-57 result against Washington on January 8. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Delon Wright scored 27 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 59-57 against Washington in college basketball action at Alaska Airlines Arena.

In their last action, Washington State was a 71-70 loser at home against Colorado. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Cougars endured a 71-70 loss at the hands of the Buffaloes on Wednesday, despite a 24-point effort from Dexter Kernich-Drew at Friel Court.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington State's No. 235-ranked offense, averaging 66 PPG, against a Utes defense that ranks No. 16 at 61.07 PPG. The Cougars field goal percentage has averaged 42.48% so far, less than the Utes marksmen have achieved on the year, 52.44% per game.

A few Utes at Cougars trends to consider:
Utah is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
Utah is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Utah is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Washington State
Washington State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington State's last 5 games
Washington State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Utah
Washington State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Utah

Next up:
Utah home to USC, Thursday, January 16th
Washington State at Stanford, Wednesday, January 15th