Utah Runnin’ Utes vs. Arizona Wildcats Free Prediction 01/16/20

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The Utah Runnin’ Utes (10-5, 1-2 Pac-12) and their outstanding offense travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats (11-5, 1-2 Pac-12) and their superb defense. The game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020, and will air on Pac-12 Network.

Utah Runnin’ Utes at Arizona Wildcats ATS Odds

Both teams lost in their last contest. The Wildcats lost to the Oregon State Beavers, 82-65, while the Runnin’ Utes were blown out by the 25th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes, 91-52.

Utah had a better free throw rate (0.148 vs. 0.125) while Arizona had a better offensive rebounding percentage (31.4 vs. 29.2). Zeke Nnaji put together a good game for Arizona with 21 points and nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Timmy Allen played well for Utah, contributing seven points and five rebounds.

This was a highly contested series last year, as the teams split their two games last season. The Runnin’ Utes won the most recent matchup 83-76. Getting to the free throw line was one of Utah’s biggest advantages. They had 28 free throw attempts, while Arizona had 18. This will be the first contest of the year between these two teams.

It might turn into a high-scoring affair as a pair of the NCAA’s premier offenses go head-to-head. Arizona ranks seventh with 114.1 points per 100 possessions and Utah is 34th (110.4). Additionally, the Runnin’ Utes rank 13th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.293), while the Wildcats rank 294th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.265).

Utah Runnin’ Utes vs. Arizona Wildcats Odds Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Arizona, ATS Winner – Arizona, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Arizona averages 16.6 assists per game, which ranks 18th in the nation. Utah ranks 155th in assists allowed per game (13.3).
  • The Runnin’ Utes rank 76th in rebounds per game (38.1) while the Wildcats rank 99th in rebounds allowed per game (33.9).
  • The Wildcats rank 122nd in steals per game (6.7) while the Runnin’ Utes rank 227th (4.5).
  • Arizona ranks 66th in blocks per game (4.0) while Utah ranks 117th in blocks allowed per game (3.7).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 72.0 points per game (9.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (5.7 above their season average).
  • The Runnin’ Utes have been outscored by an average of 11.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Utah has defeated opponents by an average of 5.8 points.