Road Dog Oregon St. Our NCAA Basketball Pick When Visiting Utah

Nikki Adams

Sunday, January 17, 2016 6:20 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 6:20 PM UTC

Oregon State and Utah collide in a late tilt on the college basketball betting menu today. Join us as we analyze this matchup and serve up our choice of NCAA basketball picks.

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Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Oregon State Beavers +9
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Oregon State (11-4, 2-2 Pac-12)
Oregon State Beavers descend on Utah Utes as the considerable underdogs on the NCAA basketball odds board. Indeed, odds makers opened the line at 8.5 points at early doors but it has moved up to 9-points at most sports betting shops with start time fast approaching.

The Beavers boast a solid 11-4 season but a 2-2 record in Pac-12 play has them sat seventh in the standings. Most recently, the Beavers are coming off a loss to Colorado, a 71-54 loss which saw them fail to cover as the +5 underdogs at closing doors.

Oregon State have won five of their last seven games, covering all those winning accounts to go 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven.


Oregon State Trends:
Overall, the Beavers are 7-7 ATS on the season with a 5.9-point winning margin and a plus 1.4-point differential versus the spread.

On the road, they are just 1-2 ATS with a 1-point winning margin and a negative 0.3-point differential versus the spread.

As away underdogs, they are 1-1 ATS with a 2.5-point losing margin and plus 0.5-point differential versus the spread.

In Pac-12 play, they are 2-2 ATS with a 1-point losing margin and a 0-point differential versus the spread.


Utah (12-5, 1-3 Pac-12)
The Utah Utes are coming off a 77-59 loss to Oregon, marking their third loss in the last four games. Given those have come to Pac-12 opponents, the Utah Utes slip to 10th in the standings with a 1-3 SU record against their rivals.

Overall, the Utes boast a solid 12-5 SU season but missteps in their conference have cost them significantly. They’ll be looking to bounce back at home at the expense of Oregon State tonight and with home advantage they’ve got a real shot. It remains to be seen whether they can cover as the considerable -9 home chalk.


Utah Trends:
The Utes are 12-5 SU but 5-9-1 ATS on the season with an 8.9-point winning margin and a negative 4.1-point differential versus the spread.

At home, the Utes are 8-1 SU but just 2-4-1 ATS with a 20.8-point winning margin and a negative 2.9-point differential versus the spread. In fact, their record against the spread as home chalk is the worst in Pac-12.

In conference action, they are 1-3 ATS with a 7.8-point losing margin and a negative 9.6-point differential versus the spread.


NCAAB Betting Verdict
Neither team comes into this clash on convincing form as for our Sunday's NCAA basketball picks: The Beavers have lost two of their last three games while the Utes have lost three of their last four games that matter. The Utes have home advantage where they are a solid 8-1 SU on the season. That home court advantage could be pivotal towards the home win, but covering the hefty 9-point spread might be a tough ask seeing as they boast the worst ATS record of the Pac-12. As such, we’re taking the Beavers to pull off the cover as the +9 road underdogs on our NCAA basketball picks.

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