Check out our free Colorado vs Utah pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Salt Lake City. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Colorado vs Utah Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 11th Betting Odds
Buffaloes vs Runnin’ Utes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Colorado Buffaloes at Utah Runnin’ Utes
- Where: Salt Lake City at Jon M. Huntsman Center
- Date: Saturday, February 11th
- Betting Odds: Colorado +4, COL +153 | UTAH -188 O/U 136.5
The Colorado Buffaloes head into today’s game in what will be their 26th game of the season, posting a record of 14-11. On the road, the Buffaloes will be playing their 12th game of the season, having gone 3-9. So far, the Buffaloes have been the underdog 6 times, going 3-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.
Colorado will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tristan Da Silva who is averaging 16.52 points per game for the Buffaloes. Silva is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Buffaloes’ offensive game plan is the play of KJ Simpson who has hit 41.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.25 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Colorado will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Buffaloes are ranked 193rd at 71.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 393rd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Colorado is close to the NCAA average at 36.8%.
Runnin’ Utes Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Colorado, the Utah Runnin’ Utes will be taking the floor for the 26th time this season and have an overall record of 16-9. Currently, the Runnin’ Utes have been the home team 15 times, sitting with a record of 11-4. The Runnin’ Utes’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Utah has been favored to win in 18 games, sitting with a mark of 13-5.
Branden Carlson comes into today’s game as the Runnin’ Utes’ leading scorer at 16.38 points per contest. Not only has Carlson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Utah’s top rebounder at 7.71 boards per contest. Carlson will need take on an even larger role in today’s matchup, as Gabe Madsen will not be taking the floor vs Colorado. For the season, he is second on the team in scoring at 11.65 with a field goal percentage of 36.2%.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Utah this season, as they are currently ranked 247th in college basketball at 69.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Runnin’ Utes’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 289th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Utah Runnin’ Utes -4
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Utah Runnin’ Utes to pick up the win and cover the spread as -4 point betting favorites. Although Utah as a team is just 348th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Buffaloes’ defense. At -4 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Runnin’ Utes to come out on top and cover.