Washington State at Utah: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Washington State at Utah: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Runnin' Utes (8-7) vs Washington State Cougars (8-6)

Game Info: Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm (Jon M. Huntsman Center)

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The Washington State Cougars and Utah Utes face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Jon M Huntsman Center.  When these two teams faced off in January of 2021 it was Utah that won 71-56.

Washington State comes into this game with an 8-6 record and they have gone 6-8 against the spread. The Cougars last game was against Colorado and they were competitive, but they lost by five points. Washington State is averaging 75.9 points while their defense is giving up 64.7 points per game. Guard Michael Flowers has been the top player for Washington State averaging 13.4 points while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from the field. In this game, Washington is going to need the defense to be good. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Utah Utes who sit with an 8-7 record and they have gone 5-9-1 against the spread. The Utes last game against Washington was a bad one losing by six points. Utah is averaging 72.4 points while their defense is giving up 68.3 points per game. This is a team that is too talented to be sitting with an 8-7 record right now. Branden Carlson has been the top player for Utah averaging 13.3 points while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from behind the three point line. 

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The over is 13-5 in Washington State’s 18 road games. The over is 7-2 in Utah’s last nine games against the Pac-12. Washington State is 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 meetings in Utah. The home team is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings between the two teams. 

Washington State has struggled at Utah and it’s going to be no different in this game. Even though Utah struggled in the last game, they are still the more talented team. I expect Washington State’s defense is going to struggle in this game, and the Utes will get the job done. Back Utah against the spread. 

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