Arizona State at Utah: 3/6/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Utah Runnin' Utes (10-12) vs Arizona State Sun Devils (10-12)
Game Info: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
Betting Odds: Utah Runnin' Utes -3 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Arizona State Sun Devils will travel to the Jon M. Huntsman Center to take on the Utah Utes this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Arizona State Sun Devils had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-12 on the season after being defeated by the 24th ranked Colorado Buffaloes, 75-61, this past Thursday night. Arizona State shot trailed by a just a 31-30 margin at halftime, however, the Sun Devils defense struggled in the 2nd half and Arizona State could not fight back after the Buffaloes took a 64-51 lead with 6:10 let in regulation. Arizona State shot 34.5% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc while Colorado shot 45.6% from the field and 31.6% from beyond the arc. Arizona State won the turnover battle by a 13-11 margin, however, was outrebounded by Arizona State by a 44-28 margin. Leading the way for the Sun Devils was Jaelen House who had 13 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Arizona State is averaging 75.5 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona State has been led by Remy Martin (20.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Alonzo Verge Jr. (12.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Kimani Lawrence (8.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg), & Jalen Graham (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.7 bpg).
Defensively, Arizona State is allowing their opponents to average 76.3 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Sun Devils have a rebound margin of -7.8 and a turnover margin of 4.6.
The Utah Utes dropped to 10-12 on the season after being defeated by the Oregon State Beavers, 75-70, this past Wednesday night. Utah led by a 40-37 margin at halftime, however, the Utes offense had trouble getting things going in the 2nd half and could not fight back after the Beavers took a 67-60 lead with 5:36 left in regulation. Utah shot 54.3% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the arc while Oregon State shot 52.7% from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc. Utah was outrebounded by Oregon State by a 30-20 margin while both the Utes and Beavers committed 15 turnovers each. Leading the way for the Utes was Timmy Allen who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, & 6 assists.
On the season, Utah is averaging 69.2 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Utes are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah has been led by Timmy Allen (17.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Alfonso Plummer (13.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Branden Carlson (9.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg), & Pelle Larsson (8.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.8 apg).
Defensively, Utah is allowing their opponents to average 68.2 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Utes have a rebound margin of -3.3 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Sun Devils are 4-14 ATS in their last 18 games and just 2-13-1 ATS in their last 16 games against Utah. The Utes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games, however, are just 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. Arizona State.
Arizona State has split their last 8 games, however, those 4 victories have come against the weaker teams in the Pac-12 and it has been hard for the Sun Devils to pick up victories this season due to a defense that ranks just 292nd in scoring defense & 240th in defensive FG%. Utah has struggled as of late, losing 5 of their last 8 games, and come into this game ranked 233rd in scoring offense, 74th in FG%, & 117th in scoring defense. Arizona State is just 2-5 on the road this season and although I have not been overly impressed from what I have seen from the Utes as of late, I think Utah will do enough in their final home game of the season to cover this small spread. Good Luck!