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Washington at Utah
When and Where: Thursday, Jan. 10, Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10 p.m. EST.
Washington takes to the road for the first time in conference play Thursday night when it faces Utah trying to extend its winning streak to four games.
Huskies seek first road win of season
Washington (10-4, 1-0 Pac-12) is just 2-4 in road and neutral site games this year, but its two true road games were losses at then-No. 11 Auburn and a two-point defeat at then-No. 1 Gonzaga on Dec. 15.
SEA ➡️ SLC
Beat Utah. #TougherTogether
— Washington Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) January 9, 2019
The Huskies are on the road for the first time since a 73-61 loss to then-No. 13 Virginia Tech in Atlantic City, N.J., and have won three straight. They opened their Pac-12 slate with an 85-67 romp over archrival Washington State on Saturday, taking control with a 12-0 run in the second half while shooting season bests of 56.6 percent overall and 55 percent (11 for 20) from 3-point range.
“He pretty much lit a fire under our butts,” Crisp told the Seattle Times about coach Mike Hopkins’ tirade in the timeout preceding the game-breaking run. “What are you guys doing? Once we (saw) him getting on us like that, we know we messed up so let’s go out here and correct it.”
Crisp is averaging 10.5 points, good for third on the Huskies behind Nowell (17.3) and Noah Dickerson (14.5). The Huskies are holding opponents to 66.5 points per game on 39.7 percent shooting, but those numbers climb to 74.2 and 44.2 percent outside Seattle.
Utes open Pac-12 home slate after split at Arizona
Utah (7-7, 1-1) is still looking for some consistency but did improve its play in a split against the Arizona schools to open Pac-12 play. The Utes were denied a sweep after a hard-fought 84-81 overtime loss at Arizona on Saturday.
Sedrick Barefield scored 26 points but fouled out with 1:44 left in regulation, and Donnie Tillman added 21 off the bench as Utah had a chance to win the game in the final seconds when Parker Van Dyke‘s 3-pointer was off line.
Sedrick Barefield in the last three games for @UtahMBB:
33 points vs. Nevada
24 points at ASU
26 points at Arizona
— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) January 9, 2019
“I think it goes without saying. Sedrick had a heck of a game, and without him for the last seven minutes of the game or so, we had to get a little bit creative,” coach Larry Krystkowiak told the Deseret News. “But our guys did a nice job of battling back without him.”
Despite the loss, Utah may have finally unlocked its offense. The Utes shot better than 50 percent overall and from 3-point range in both games and were 27 for 51 from beyond the arc. Tillman has settled into his role as sixth man, reaching double figures in his last three games while making 10 of 17 from long range.
Barefield is averaging a team-high 16.4 points and shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range while Tillman is the other player in double figures for Utah at 11.6 per contest. The Utes are connecting at a 38.3 percent clip from beyond the arc, the best in the Pac-12.
Utah is 5-1 at home, with the lone loss coming to then-No. 6 Nevada on Dec. 29 in which it was run off the court in the final 20 minutes of its 86-71 loss.
- 39-16-2 ATS in its last 57 home games vs. teams with a sub-.400 road winning percentage.
- 3-1-1 ATS in its last five home games vs. Washington.
- Over is 4-0 in its last four games as an underdog.
- Over is 4-0 in its last four games vs. above-.600 teams.
- Over is 5-1 in its last six games.
- 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games following a straight up win.
- 1-3-1 ATS in its last five games.
- 0-3-1 ATS in its last four games vs. Utah.
- No trends of note.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Utes’ season may have changed in those second 20 minutes against Nevada when Krystkowiak noted post-game that his team was content to just play a good 20 minutes against one of the nation’s elite. They came close to packing it in at Arizona State before finally erupting in Tempe and hanging tough in Tucson.
Utah has also won the last six games between the teams, with four of them by double digits. The expectation is the Utes will continue their momentum with a win at home and deny the Huskies their wanted first road win. The line has moved one point in Washington’s direction in the overnight, and any extra points to help the cause are welcome.
Prediction: Pick: Utah +2
Full-Game Total Pick
Utah has shown an ability to win at both fast and slow tempos during its win streak over Washington. The teams maxed out at 132 in the two games last season but were over 146 in the prior four. Given how both teams are highly efficient on the offensive end this season and coming off strong recent performances, look for the winner of this game to reach 80 and drag the other up to clear the over.
Prediction: Pick: OVER 141 points
Half-Time Side Pick
Utah has led at halftime in five of its six home games, and the one outlier was a one-point deficit to then-No. 6 Nevada. The Utes were also even at Arizona and down just four at Arizona State last weekend. While Utah is not a ranked squad, there is worry about Washington given it has been down double digits in both its true road games and in all three against ranked opponents.
Prediction: Pick: Utah +1.5
Half-Time Total Bet
The Utes have been at 68 or more points at halftime in each of their last six games and were at 72 or more in the last three. Washington was at 81 in its Pac-12 opener versus Washington State and 76 in the contest prior against Cal State Fullerton. The Huskies were also at 70 and higher in their two true road games this season, but Utah’s offense of late should carry the over here.
Prediction: Pick: OVER 66.5 points