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Utes open as college hoops underdog vs Buffaloes

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Dec 31, 6:00 PM | Coors Events Center

Utah Utes vs Colorado Buffaloes Odds


The Colorado Buffaloes host Utah on Saturday, looking to build on their 8-4 mark against the 3-9 Utes in college hoops action at Coors Events Center.

The Buffaloes are 8-4 so far on the season, and 4-4 ATS vs. the number. The Utes, meanwhile, are 3-9 and 3-7-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Colorado go 4-4 and the Utes go 6-5 on the totals.

View Utah vs Colorado Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 16.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Buffaloes - Utes odds would favor the Buffaloes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Colorado is rated No. 142 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Utah is at No. 344. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 74-52 win for the Buffaloes.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Colorado's No. 138 nationally ranked offense (70.7 points per game) against a Utes defense that sits as the No. 290 at 73.8 PPG. The Buffaloes have been averaging 45.9% from the field, more than the Utes have managed so far this season (42.1% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Utah owns the country's No. 316-rated mark, allowing 80.7 points per game on the highway. Colorado, on the other hand, rates No. 198 in scoring at home.

Utah was an 80-51 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Weber State. They failed to cover the 14.5–point spread as underdogs. Utah was run off the court by the Wildcats on Thursday as Weber State routed them 80-51 at Dee Events Center.

Colorado was a 92-34 winner in its last match at home against New Orleans. The Buffaloes blew out New Orleans on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 92-34 win at Coors Events Center.

Utah Utes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-4
Before playing Washington State are 3-1
After playing Weber State are 8-2
After a loss are 1-9

Colorado Buffaloes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-3
Before playing Washington are 0-1
After playing New Orleans are 1-0
After a win are 6-4

A few Utes at Buffaloes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Utah's last 11 games on the road
Utah is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Colorado is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Colorado is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Utah home to Washington State, Thursday, January 5
Colorado home to Washington, Thursday, January 5