Utah Utes vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Utes vs Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: CU Events Center in Boulder, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (+9.5)
CU Events Center is the venue where and the Colorado Buffaloes (13-4) will take on the Utah Utes (6-7) on Saturday. Colorado opens this game as 9.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 139.
Utah heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 6-7 so far this season. They are turning it over 12.6 times per contest and as a team are committing 17.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Utah is grabbing 32.9 boards per game and has tallied 209 dimes on the campaign, which is 104th in the nation in terms of passing. The Utes are connecting on 31.6% on three-point attempts (80 of 253) and 75.1% from the free throw line. They average 69.8 pts per contest (223rd in the country) while hitting 45.2% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Utes are forcing their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per game and they draw 17.5 fouls. The Utes are giving up a FG percentage of 42.6% (309 of 726) and they surrender 34.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 167th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 169 conceded for the year. They relinquish 34.5% from beyond the arc while they are 84th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (66.7).
The Utah Utes played the Washington Huskies and took a loss by a score of 83-79 in their last contest. Utah walked away from the contest with a 50.8% field goal percentage (31 out of 61) and converted 7 of 18 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Utes converted 10 of their 12 tries for a percentage of 83.3%. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 28 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 20 dimes for the matchup in addition to earning 5 steals and 3 rejections. In the matter of defending, Utah allowed their opponent to shoot 50.8% from the floor on 31 out of 61 shooting. Washington earned 11 assists and had 9 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Huskies snagged 28 rebounds (9 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Washington finished the contest at 59.1% at the free throw line by making 13 of 22 shots. They also buried 12 out of their 24 shots from long range.
Branden Carlson is someone who came through in the matchup. He racked up 18 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 27 mins and totaled 5 rebounds. Carlson ended up shooting 61.5% from the field but had no dimes when the game ended. An additional guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Utes was Timmy Allen. He collected 7 boards and accumulated 10 dimes. He finished the game shooting 33.3% from the field in this matchup by going 5-of-15 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Allen was on the court for 34 min.
Colorado has a mark of 13-4 so far this year. The Buffaloes commit 16.1 fouls per game and they shoot 84.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.3 times per contest (119th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 10.9 times per game. Colorado has totaled 1,283 points for the campaign (75.5 per game) and they snag 35.9 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Buffaloes are shooting 45.4% from the field, which ranks them 121st in the country. The Buffaloes on the defensive side of the court are 35th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 63.1. The Colorado defense surrenders 33.0% on shots from beyond the arc (109 of 330) and their opponents are knocking down 72.8% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 11.4 assists and 31.1 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 74th and 36th in Division 1. They are able to force 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 41.8% from the field (113th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Colorado Buffaloes walked away with a victory by a final of 70-58 when they faced the Washington State Cougars. The Buffaloes collected 19 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards totaling 23 for the contest. They also stuffed 5 shots while getting 8 steals for the game. The Cougars committed 21 fouls for the game which got the Buffaloes to the free throw line for 23 shots. They were able to make 20 of those for a rate of 87.0%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, Colorado converted 10 of their 17 attempts (58.8%). In all, the Buffaloes walked away from this one shooting 20 out of 44 from the field which had them sitting at 45.5%. The Buffaloes permitted the Cougars to make 22 of their 52 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 42.3% in this game. They wrapped up this game 35.0% from distance via 7 out of 20 and finished the game at 7 out of 9 at the free throw line (77.8%). With respect to team rebounding, Colorado allowed Washington State to grab 24 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
McKinley Wright ended up having an impact for the Buffaloes in the game. He converted 2 out of 7 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 28.6%, which got him 16 points. Wright snagged 2 boards in his 35 mins and accounted for 7 assists in the matchup. Someone else that was important for Colorado was Evan Battey. He walked away with 14 points in his 27 minutes played via 4 out of 8 shooting in this game. Battey walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor as well as contributing 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Colorado (-9.5)
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