Utah Utes vs Washington Huskies Prediction, 1/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Utes vs Washington Huskies
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Location: Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-4.5)
Alaska Airlines Arena is the site where and the Washington Huskies (2-11) will play the Utah Utes (6-6) on Sunday. Washington opens this contest as 4.5-point underdogs. The O/U opens at 141.
Utah comes into this contest with a win-loss record of 6-6 on the year. They currently have an average of 69.1 points per outing (238th in the nation) while hitting 44.7% from the field. The Utes are connecting on 31.1% on shots from beyond the arc (73 of 235) and 74.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Utah is pulling in 33.0 boards per game and has totaled 189 dimes this year, which is 106th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 12.3 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.5 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Utes are able to force 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.4 fouls. They rank 188th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 158 relinquished so far this season. The Utes are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.9% (280 of 669) and they relinquish 35.4 boards per contest as a unit. They concede 33.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 65th in the nation in points per game allowed (65.3).
The Utah Utes stepped onto the hardwood against the Washington State Cougars and took home the win by a score of 71-56 in their last contest. Utah finished with a 54.9% field goal percentage (28 of 51) and converted 6 of their 14 shots from downtown. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Utes knocked down 9 of their 9 attempts for a percentage of 100.0%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they collected 29 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 19 dimes for the game in addition to having 4 steals and 2 blocks. In reference to defense, Utah allowed the other team to shoot 54.9% from the floor on 28 out of 51 shooting. Washington State dished out 13 assists and had 11 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Cougars snagged 23 boards (8 offensive, 15 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Washington State finished the game shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by making 9 of their 12 attempts. They converted 7 of their 19 attempts from three-point range.
Branden Carlson is a player who came through in this contest. He walked away with 14 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 minutes and collected 10 boards. Carlson finished the contest at 58.3% from the floor and totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in this game for the Utes was Timmy Allen. He grabbed 6 boards and also earned 2 assists. He finished the contest at 57.1% from the field in this contest by hitting 4-of-7 (13 points). Overall, Allen was on the hardwood for 30 min.
Washington has a mark of 2-11 on the campaign. Washington has accounted for 861 pts for the campaign (66.2 per contest) and they pull in 31.8 boards per game. The Huskies are responsible for committing 18.0 fouls every game and they go 74.3% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Huskies are shooting 41.0% from the field, which has them ranked 305th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 9.8 times per game (335th in the country) and they turn it over 13.5 times per game. The Huskies defensively are ranked 306th in college basketball in points given up per game with 77.2. The Washington defense gives up 33.0% on 3-pointers (87 of 264) and opponents are knocking down 71.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 16.6 assists and 41.1 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 328th and 333rd in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing their opponents into 11.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.0% from the floor (224th in D-1).
In their last game, the Washington Huskies walked away with a victory by a final of 84-80 when they played the Colorado Buffaloes. The Huskies earned 19 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 27 for the contest. They stuffed 5 shots while getting 2 steals for the matchup. The Buffaloes committed 19 fouls for the matchup which got the Huskies to the charity stripe for a total of 18 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of them for a percentage of 88.9%. Regarding shots from downtown, Washington knocked down 12 of 25 tries (48.0%). Overall, the Huskies went 28 for 57 from the floor which had them shooting 49.1%. The Huskies permitted the Buffaloes to bury 32 of 69 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.4% in this matchup. They finished shooting 5.6% from downtown by going 1 of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 19 from the charity stripe (78.9%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Washington allowed Colorado to get 32 in all (13 offensive).
Marcus Tsohonis ended up having an impact for the Huskies for this game. He knocked down 9 of 13 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 69.2%, which got him 27 points. Tsohonis grabbed 2 rebounds in his 27 minutes and had 2 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Washington was Erik Stevenson. He scored 17 points in his 31 minutes on the court by way of 6 of 16 from the floor for the matchup. Stevenson ended up shooting 37.5% from the floor and also totaling 2 dimes and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (+4.5)
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