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#807 Utah at #808 Arizona State
When and where: Jan. 18, 2020. Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, AZ, 9 p.m.
Utah and Arizona State have both struggled in conference play this season, both at 1-3 in Pac 12 play. The Utes have lost three straight conference games while the Sun Devils have lost two straight.
Utes on three-game losing streak
Utah opened Pac 12 play with a win over Oregon State, but then lost at home to Oregon and then at Colorado and Arizona.
The Utes were blown out by Arizona, 93-77. The Wildcats opened up a 52-28 lead at the intermission and held on as the Utes outscored Arizona by eight in the second half.
Allen leads the team with 19.9 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. Jones averages 4.8 assists.
The Utes score 76.6 points per game, good for 67th nationally. They shoot 46.5 percent from the field (49th). Utah averages 72.1 points allowed, ranking 252nd.
Sun Devils have lost two straight
Arizona State opened the season 9-4, but have dropped thee of four games in conference play. The Sun Devils lost at Arizona and then won at Oregon State before dropping two straight, at Oregon and at home to Colorado.
Against the Buffaloes, the two team were tied at 28 at the intermission before the Sun Devils were outscored by seven in the second half in a 68-61 loss.
Martin leads the Sun Devils with 19.5 points and 4 assists. White is the top rebounder at 9.6 per game.
Remy to the BUCKET.— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) January 12, 2020
5️⃣ point game again with 1:40 to go. pic.twitter.com/sGaU4TrD7F
The Sun Devils have struggled offensively this season, averaging 72.5 points per game (146th). That point total seems high considering how poor Arizona State shoots from the field (42.1 percent, 259th) and from three-point range (30.1 percent, 309th). Arizona State gives up 69.2 points per game (192nd).
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both Arizona State and Utah have struggled as of late, with the Sun Devils having lost three of four games while the Utes have lost three straight. The Sun Devils aren’t a very good shooting team, but still score a decent amount of points behind Martin, Alonzo Verge Jr (12.4 points per game) and White (11.1 ppg). Since conference play has started, Martin is scoring 24.5 points per game. The Utes’ poor defense will have a tough time with these three.
Take Arizona State -7
Prediction: Arizona State -7
Full-Game Total Pick
Arizona State has had only six games go over the total this season, while Utah has had eight. Arizona State isn’t a particularly good team playing at home, but does have a trio of scorers that could make things difficult for the Utes on the road. The key for the Arizona State defense is to neutralize Timmy Allen, the high-scoring Ute forward who averages 19.9 points per game.
Take Under 146
Prediction: Under 146