Utah Utes vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction, 3/4/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Utah Utes vs Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: CU Events Center in Boulder, CO
The Colorado Buffaloes (15-15) will play the Utah Utes (17-13) at CU Events Center on Saturday.
The Utah Utes faced USC and took a loss by a score of 62-49 in their last game. Utah walked away from the contest with a 31.7% field goal percentage (20 out of 63) and made 5 out of their 22 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Utes knocked down 4 of 11 shots for a rate of 36.4%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 32 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 10 assists in this matchup while forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and getting 7 steals. Regarding defense, Utah allowed their opponent to shoot 42.0% from the field on 21 of 50 shooting. USC recorded 11 dimes and had 3 steals in the game. Furthermore, USC pulled down 32 rebounds (4 offensive, 28 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. USC went 64.3% from the free throw line by making 9 of their 14 tries. They also knocked down 11 out of their 23 attempts from long range. When it comes to fouls, the Utes walked away with 13 while USC racked up 12 fouls.
Marco Anthony is one guy who was a major contributor for the matchup. He finished the game shooting 45.5% from the floor and also earned 3 dimes. He played 37 minutes and also collected 7 rebounds. He ended up finishing with 12 points on 5 out of 11 shooting.
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Utah will play this contest with a win-loss record of 17-13 so far this season. They are turning it over 12.1 times per contest and as a team they commit 15.0 fouls every game. As a team, Utah is pulling down 39.4 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 435 assists so far this year, which ranks 90th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Utes are connecting on 33.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (216 of 644) and 70.9% from the charity stripe. They average 69.2 points per game (250th in the nation) while shooting 43.2% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Utes are forcing 10.2 turnovers every game and they draw 16.2 fouls. They are currently ranked 187th in Division 1 in allowing assists with 380 conceded on the campaign. The Utes defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 39.4% (713 of 1,808) and they concede 34.8 rebounds per game as a team. They give up 29.9% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 29th in the country in points per game allowed (63.4).
The last time they took the court, the Colorado Buffaloes went home defeated by a final of 60-56 when they faced UCLA. With respect to how they rebounded, Colorado permitted UCLA to snag 29 in all (7 on the offensive glass). They wrapped up this game 7.1% from three-point range by going 1 of 14 and finished the game at 15 of 22 from the charity stripe (68.2%). The Buffaloes allowed UCLA to make 22 out of 54 tries from the floor which had them shooting 40.7% for the game. At the conclusion of this game, the Buffaloes finished shooting 18 out of 54 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 33.3%. With regard to shots from distance, Colorado converted 7 out of their 22 attempts (31.8%). They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a rate of 56.5%. UCLA had 20 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Buffaloes to the charity stripe for a total of 23 shots. They coughed up the ball 10 times, while earning 6 steals for this contest. The Buffaloes snagged 24 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards totaling 38 for the matchup.
Tristan Da Silva ended up being a major contributor for the Buffaloes in this contest. He scored 13 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 1 assist in the game. He made 5 of 13 in the matchup for a rate of 38.5%, and totaled 9 rebounds.
Colorado has a mark of 15-15 on the year. The Buffaloes have committed 16.3 fouls every game and they connect on 68.9% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 12.9 times per game (197th in college hoops) and they cough up possession 13.4 times per game. Colorado has totaled 2,099 pts on the season (70.0 per contest) and they average 37.5 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Buffaloes are shooting 43.1% from the field, which ranks 269th in the country.
The Colorado defense concedes 32.2% on three-point shots (183 of 569) and their opponents are converting on 70.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 10.7 assists and 33.7 total rebounds per game, which ranks 39th and 162nd in Division 1. The Buffaloes on defense are ranked 77th in college hoops in points given up per game with 66.5. They are forcing 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 42.5% from the field (108th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Colorado
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