Check out our free Oregon 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.
Oregon vs Utah Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Ducks vs Runnin’ Utes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Oregon Ducks at Utah Runnin’ Utes
- Where: Salt Lake City at Jon M. Huntsman Center
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Oregon +5.5, ORE +195 | UTAH -243 O/U 136.0
Oregon heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-7. So far, the Ducks have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 0-3. For the season, Oregon has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 1-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Ducks being +5.5 point underdogs.
Oregon’s leading scorer this season is Will Richardson, who is averaging 13.93 points per contest. So far, Richardson has accounted for 20.46% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.07 rebounds per game and 5.36 assists. N’Faly Dante is the second leading scorer for the Ducks, averaging 13.31 points per game. Between him and Dante, they are accounting for 38.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Oregon this season, as they are currently ranked 165th in college basketball at 72.4 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 Ducks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.3%, placing them 302nd in the NCAA.
Runnin’ Utes Preview:
Utah will take their 3 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 12-4. Currently, the Runnin’ Utes have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 8-2. The Runnin’ Utes’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, Utah has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 9-3.
Branden Carlson comes into today’s game as the Runnin’ Utes’ leading scorer at 15.94 points per contest. Not only has Carlson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Utah’s top rebounder at 7.31 boards per contest. Behind Carlson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gabe Madsen, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.12 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.2% of his shots and is adding 3.38 boards per game.
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: Oregon Ducks +5.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Utah Runnin’ Utes are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -5.5. However, we anticipate Oregon putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Runnin’ Utes as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Ducks to cover.