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Utes open as college hoops underdog vs Cougars

Washington State CougarsUtah Utes
Jan 5, 9:00 PM | Huntsman Center

Washington State Cougars vs Utah Utes Odds


Washington State travels to Utah on Thursday, hoping to boost its 9-5 record with a victory over the Utes.

Utah will face the 9-5 Cougars, who own a 6-5-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Utes are 6-6 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cougars are 6-6 favoring the OVER.

View Washington State vs Utah Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Utes installed as 12.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Utes at No. 344 and the Cougars at No. 103 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-50 result in favor of the Cougars.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cougars rank No. 223 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.3 per game. That compares with Utah’s No. 338 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Utah is college basketball's No. 313-ranked team at 4.5 per game, while the Cougars rate No. 133 with 6.6 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Washington State owns the country's No. 204-rated mark, allowing 72.5 points per game on the highway. Utah, on the other hand, rates No. 326 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Washington State, they were an 81-76 winner as they battled Oregon State at home. They covered in the match as a 1-point underdog. Brock Motum scored 26 points for Washington State on Saturday, leading the Cougars to an 81-76 win over Oregon State at Friel Court.

Utah was a 73-33 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Colorado. They failed to cover the 15.5–point spread as underdogs. Utah was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Colorado and falling by a 73-33 score at Coors Events Center.

Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Oregon State are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Utah Utes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Washington are 2-0
After playing Colorado are 4-0
After a loss are 1-9

A few Cougars at Utes trends to consider:
Washington State is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games at home
Utah is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games
Utah is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Washington State at Colorado, Saturday, January 7
Utah home to Washington, Saturday, January 7