NCAA Basketball Picks for Utah vs. Arizona

Steven Suarez

Sunday, January 26, 2014 2:09 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 2:09 PM UTC

Hoping to protect their unblemished record, the Wildcats will entertain the Utes in Tuscon tonight. A win is almost a lock, but can they cover the NCAA Basketball odds as double-digit favorites?

Odds Overview 

Arizona is right around a 15-point favorite for tonight's matchup at home. The Wildcats are a perfect 19-0 SU and have been an excellent money-maker too at 13-5 ATS – meanwhile the Utes are 14-5 SU and a highly profitable 11-2-1 ATS for the season.

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Utah Utes

After going 11-1 in non-conference play, the Utes have gotten a little taste of reality since Pac-12 action kicked off. 

It started with a loss to Oregon, with Utah also falling victim to Washington, Washington State and Arizona State. Their three victories came over Oregon State (90-69), USC (84-66) and UCLA (74-69).

In the recent win over the Sun Devils, Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright continued their stellar play for Utah. Loveridge had 22 points and six rebounds and Wright came through with 21 points and six boards, though the guard did turn it over six times. 

Combined Loveridge and Wright are averaging over 31 points per game for the season, and they're each averaging at least 7.2 rebounds per contest too. Brandon Taylor (10.5 PPG) is the only other Ute scoring in double figures.

As for their road performances, it's been a struggle for the Utes. They've yet to win (0-4 SU) straight up away from home, but they have managed to cover in three of those four trips. 

Arizona Wildcats 

It's been full steam ahead for the Wildcats. The conference schedule hasn't been much of a challenge for Arizona so far.

There have been some incredibly dominant performances over the likes of Washington State (60-25), USC (73-53), Arizona State (91-68) and Colorado (69-65). The only relatively close games came against UCLA (79-75) and Washington (71-62). 

Three days ago we witnessed the Wildcats get the best of the Buffaloes. Nick Johnson had a team-high 18 points, while Brandon Ashley and top freshman Aaron Gordon totaling 27 points between them. Arizona shot 49.2 percent overall and held Colorado to 38.5 percent shooting.

What a treat it's been to watch these Wildcats this season. They bring a great effort each and every night and their balance has been extremely tough to deal with, as evident by their undefeated record. 

At the McKale Center, Arizona has gone 13-0 SU and 8-4 ATS in games that have had publicly available lines. Will the Wildcats post another comfortable win this evening?


College Basketball Pick 

We're going to take a chance on the Utes tonight. 

This is a different Arizona team, but Utah has managed to keep close with the Wildcats on three consecutive occasions, which includes a great showing in a three-point loss at the McKale Center last season. 

Staying relatively close to Arizona early is going to be key to the Utes' chances. Arizona is such a good team that doesn't make many mistakes, so Utah needs to make smart choices and play disciplined basketball on both ends of the court.

All in all, this is a lot of points to get with a talented team in Utah. For today's NCAA Basketball Picks, we're taking the Utes to sneak by with an ATS cover.

Pick: Utah Utes +15
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