Arizona State Sun Devils vs Utah Utes Prediction, 3/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona State Sun Devils vs Utah Utes
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona State (+3)
Jon M. Huntsman Center is the site where and the Utah Utes (10-12) will play the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-12) on Saturday. The line on this matchup has Utah as 3-point favorites. The over/under opens at 148.
Arizona State steps onto the court with a record of 10-12 on the year. They turn the ball over 10.8 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.8 personal fouls per game. As a team, Arizona State is pulling down 32.0 boards per contest and has earned 289 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 176th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Sun Devils are shooting 33.9% on 3-pointers (164 of 484) and 73.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 75.5 points per outing (80th in Division 1) while hitting 43.6% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Sun Devils are able to force 15.4 turnovers per game while drawing 18.6 fouls. They are giving up 35.8% from beyond the arc while they are 298th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (76.3). The Sun Devils defense is allowing a FG percentage of 44.9% (572 of 1,275) and they relinquish 39.8 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 269th in college hoops in allowing assists with 322 surrendered this year.
The Arizona State Sun Devils stepped onto the hardwood against the Colorado Buffaloes and went home with a loss by a final score of 75-61 in their last game. Arizona State walked away from the contest with a 34.5% FG percentage (20 of 58) and made 7 of their 19 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Sun Devils knocked down 14 of their 16 attempts for a rate of 87.5%. When discussing grabbing boards, they collected a total of 27 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 9 dimes in this game in addition to forcing 13 turnovers and getting 6 steals. In terms of the defense, Arizona State allowed their opponent to shoot 45.6% from the field on 26 out of 57 shooting. Colorado earned 12 dimes and had 4 steals for the matchup. Moreover, Colorado grabbed 43 rebounds (12 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Colorado shot 89.5% when shooting free throws by knocking down 17 of their 19 shots. They converted 6 of their 19 shots from distance.
Holland Woods is a guy who was a major contributor for this game. He walked away with 15 points on 4 out of 8 shooting. He played for 36 mins and pulled down 1 board. Woods finished 50.0% from the field and totaled 1 assist. Someone else that had an impact in this contest for the Sun Devils was Kimani Lawrence. He had 5 rebounds in 30 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up going 36.4% from the field in this matchup by going 4-of-11 (10 points). When all was said and done, Lawrence collected 1 assist.
Utah has a record of 10-12 on the campaign. The Utes are responsible for committing 16.4 fouls per game while shooting 78.4% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 15.0 times per game (72nd in the country) and they are turning it over 12.9 times per contest. Utah has scored 1,522 pts this year (69.2 per game) and they snag 30.7 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Utes are shooting 45.9% from the field, which ranks 86th in college hoops. The Utes on defense are ranked 120th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 68.2. The Utah defense allows 36.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (163 of 450) and their opponents are making 73.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 13.3 assists and 34.0 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 212th and 129th in those defensive categories. They are forcing 13.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.5% from the floor (226th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Utah Utes took a loss by a score of 75-70 against the Oregon State Beavers. The Utes recorded 17 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds for a total of 20 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 15 times, while getting 2 steals for this game. The Beavers committed 15 fouls in this matchup which took the Utes to the free throw line for a total of 13 tries. They were able to convert 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 92.3%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, Utah converted 8 of 19 tries (42.1%). In all, the Utes ended up going 25 for 46 from the floor which had them shooting 54.3%. The Utes allowed the Beavers to make 29 of 55 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 52.7% for the contest. They finished shooting 45.5% from distance by going 10 out of 22 and ended up shooting 7 out of 11 from the free throw line (63.6%). Regarding team rebounding, Utah permitted Oregon State to grab 30 in all (12 offensive).
Timmy Allen was important for the Utes for the matchup. He buried 10 of 15 for this game for a field goal rate of 66.7%, and had 5 rebounds. Allen earned 23 points in his 40 minutes on the hardwood and added 6 dimes for this game. An additional guy that played a role for Utah was Alfonso Plummer. He finished with no assists in his 36 mins on the court, and he shot 6 out of 10 from the floor. Plummer wrapped this one up going 60.0% from the floor while also earning 15 points but no boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah (-3)
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