Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Runnin' Utes versus the Sun Devils? Tip off is at at 11:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN2. The game will be played at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, AZ. The Runnin' Utes are the favorites in this Pac-12 conference matchup the against the Sun Devils. The over/under for the game is set at 149.5 points.


The Pick: Arizona State Sun Devils +5.5

This game will be played at Desert Financial Arena at 11:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Sun Devils.
  • Not only will Arizona State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 149.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Runnin' Utes Defense Show Up on the Road?

Utah improved their record to 11-2 after defeating Washington 95-90 in their last game. In their previous ten road games, Utah has a 4-6 record, which includes games from last year. Utah's ATS record is currently 8-5, putting them above .500. Within that, they are 2-0 on the road vs. the spread and 6-5 at home.

Utah comes in with an over/under record of 6-6-1 through 13 games, with their games averaging a combined 151 points per game so far. The Runnin' Utes have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 149 points per game.

The Utah offense is coming off a game where they scored 95 points against Washington. They posted a field goal percentage of 52.9% and connected on 11 threes. Branden Carlson led the scoring for the Runnin' Utes, contributing 34 points. Additionally, Rollie Worster chipped in with 14 points.

The Runnin' Utes' defense is presently ranked 108th nationally, allowing an average of 69.3 points per contest. Against Washington, the Runnin' Utes' defense gave up 90 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Washington only made 10 free-throws.

Can Arizona State Pull Off a Home Win?

Arizona State comes into their 14th game of the season with a record of 8-5. In their previous ten home games, including last year, Arizona State has a record of 8-2 at home. Against the spread, Arizona State has a record of 5-8 this season. In their previous five games, they are 2-3 vs. the spread.

Through 13 games, Arizona State has an over/under record of 5-8-0 with their games averaging a combined 137.7 points per game so far. When assessing the Sun Devils' performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-2, with their games averaging 133 points per game.

The Arizona State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 71 points vs. California. Overall their field goal percentage was 38.5% while connecting on 10 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Frankie Collins, who is averaging 13.4 heading into today's matchup. Additionally, Jose Perez also maintains a PPG average of 11.6 heading into game.

Currently, the Sun Devils' defense holds the 118th rank in the nation, allowing 69.8 points per game. In today's game vs. Utah, the Arizona State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Arizona State made 18 free-throws vs. the Sun Devils.