Looking to win big? The Bruins and Runnin' Utes face off at 9:00 ET on ESPN2. The Runnin' Utes are hosting the game at Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 137.5 points, and the Runnin' Utes are favored to win at home against the Bruins.


The Pick: UCLA Bruins +8

This game will be played at Jon M. Huntsman Center at 9:00 ET on Thursday, January 11th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Runnin' Utes.
  • Even though we have Utah winning straight-up, we like UCLA at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can UCLA Secure a Road Victory?

UCLA comes into this game with a 6-9 overall record and a three-game losing streak. They are 1-3 in Pac-12 play compared to 5-6 in non-conference games. The Bruins have gone 2-3 on the road this season, and their average scoring margin away from home is +3.8.

So far this season, UCLA has been the underdog in five of their 15 games, and they are 0-5 in those contests. Coming off a 66-57 loss to California, the Bruins are 6-4 on the road in their last 10 games.

Against the spread, UCLA has gone 5-9-1 this season. As the underdog, their ATS record is 3-2 and on the road, it is 3-1-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bruins have gone 4-5-1 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-3-3.

So far this season, the over/under record for UCLA games is 3-12. The average over/under line in their games is 134.4 and their games have averaged 127.7 points. Today's over/under line of 137.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games this season. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 0-3 and the average scoring total in those games is 119 points.

The UCLA offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 57 points versus California. During the game, they attempted 10 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 42.9%. One area that the UCLA offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 144th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 41%.

So far, the Bruins' defense is ranked 15th in the country at 62.2 points per contest. In today's game, the UCLA defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 2 three-pointers while giving up 66 points.

Can the Runnin' Utes Grab a Win at Home?

Utah enters this game as the favorite, as they have been in 11 of their 15 games this season. They have gone 9-2 in those contests, and they will look to bounce back from a 92-73 loss to Arizona.

So far, the Runnin' Utes have been excellent at home, going 9-2. Their average scoring margin at home is an impressive +13.4, and they have won seven straight games at home.

As the favorite this season, Utah has an ATS record of 6-5. Their ATS mark at home this year is 6-5 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Utes are 5-5 vs. the spread. At home, Utah's ATS record is 2-1 in their last 3 games and 5-5 in their last 10.

So far this season, the over/under record for Utah games sits at 7-6-2. Across their last three games, the over/under record is 2-0-1. The average scoring total in their games this year is 152 points, and today's over/under line of 137.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (145.9).

The Utah offense is coming off a game where they scored 73 points against Arizona. They posted a field goal percentage of 41.2% and connected on 10 threes. For the season, the Utah offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 47%. So far, they have hit 53% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 8.5 made three's per contest.

On the defensive side, Utah is currently hovering around the NCAA's average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.7 points per game. The Utah defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 92 points and allowed Arizona to connect on 10 threes.