Looking to win big? The Cougars and Runnin' Utes face off at 8:30 ET on PACN. 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 143 points, and the Runnin' Utes are favored to win at home against the Cougars.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS VS UTAH RUNNIN' UTES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington State Cougars +8

This game will be played at Jon M. Huntsman Center at 8:30 ET on Friday, December 29th.

WHY BET THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS:

  • 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 Washington State at +8.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Cougars Offense Score Enough in Salt Lake City?

Washington State currently holds a 9-2 record after defeating Portland State 71-61 in their previous game. In their last three road games, which includes games from last year, Washington State has a record of 2-1. Heading into their game against Utah, Washington State holds a 3-4 ATS record. Over their past five games, the team is 2-3 vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 11 games, Washington State has an over/under record of 5-2-0, with their games averaging 142.6 points per game on average. In the Cougars' last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 134 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 1-4.

Compared to their season average of 77.4 points per game, Washington State struggled in their previous game. Against Portland State, the Cougars scored 71 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 50.9%. Isaac Jones led the team in scoring, putting up 27 points. Additionally, Myles Rice contributed 19 points for the Cougars.

Currently, the Cougars' defense holds the 26th rank in the nation, allowing 62.5 points per game. Washington State's three-point defense is currently 50th in the country at 5.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.7% of their shots vs. Washington State.

Will Utah Come Through as Home Favorites?

Utah's game against Washington State will be their twelfth of the season, and they currently have a 9-2 overall record. So far this season, they are 2-0 on the road and 3-2 at home. Against the spread, Utah is currently sitting above the .500 mark with a 5-2 record. In their last ten games, Utah has gone 3-2 vs. the spread.

So far, Utah's games have averaged 151.1 points per game with the average over/under line being 141.4 points. When analyzing the Runnin' Utes' last five games, they have produced a combined average of 145 points per game and an over/under record of 1-3-1.

Utah's offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Hawaii, finishing the game with a total of 79 points. Their season average is now 80.6 points per game. Branden Carlson is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 16.8 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Gabe Madsen brings a PPG average of 14.2 into the game.

So far, the Runnin' Utes' defense is ranked 107th in the country at 68.5 points per contest. Utah's three-point defense is currently 150th in the country at 8.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.3% of their shots vs. Utah.