Colorado Buffaloes at Utah Utes – NCAAM January 11

Colorado (8-3, 2-2) at Utah (4-4, 1-3)

  • Time: 3PM PST | 5PM CST | 6PM EST
  • Location: Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, UT
  • TV: Pac-12 Network

Buffaloes Lead All-Time Series (29-24)

The home team has won the last six games in this series as this has turned into one of the better rivalries in the Pac-12. Prior to that split, Utah won eight games in a row. The Utes have also won eight in a row in Salt Lake City as they have a 17-8 lead on their home floor.

Vs. The Spread

Colorado:

  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of Colorado’s last 10 games
  • The Buffs are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games against the Utes
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Buffaloes’ last five games

Utah:

  • The Utes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of the last 20 Utah-Colorado battles
  • The Utes are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games when they are the underdog

Last Time Out

The Buffaloes took out Oregon, 79-72, to deal the Ducks their first Pac-12 loss of the season. McKinley Wright, IV, had 21 points, 10 boards and five assists as he moved just five assists away from the Buffs’ all-time assist leader Jay Humphries. Jeriah Horne added 17 points while Evan Battey registered a double double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Timmy Allen had 23 points and Mikael Jantunen added a career-high 20 as the Utes shot 57 percent from the floor but had costly turnovers down the stretch in dropping a 79-73 decision to Oregon. The Utes made 10 straight shots over the final 6 1/2 minutes of the first half as they took a 43-33 lead to the locker room at halftime. After the Ducks grabbed a 67-61 lead with 3:55 remaining, Utah was able to slice it to two on two separate occasions before Oregon closed out on a 9-5 run.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Colorado -2.5 (-113) -147 O 136.5 (-120)
Utah +2.5 (-107) +127 U 136.5 (+100)

Buffaloes’ Clipboard

Colorado Buffaloes LogoWright continues to be the most underrated point guard in the nation as the senior brings so many intangibles to the floor in addition to 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. He is the orchestrator of a junior-senior laden team that is also a good pick as a March sleeper based on experience, consistent production and the fact that the nation is sleeping on the Buffaloes. Jeriah Horne (11.3 ppg, 43.5% -3) and Maddox Daniels (7.2 ppg, 37.5% – 3) have ignited a thriving 3-points game on the outside with power forward Evan Battey (9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Dallas Walton (.6 ppg, 67.6% – FG) working the boxes inside. Coach Tad Boyle says the biggest factor in the Buffs’s eight-game losing streak in Hunstman Center is the Buffaloes’ inability to close games. Walton is questionable for today.

Graduate transfer Jeriah Horne has been a huge addition to the Buffaloes’ rotation as the former Tulsa forward leads the Buffaloes with 20 made 3-pointers and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Utes’ Clipboard

Utah Utes LogoThe Utes have a stealthy one-two punch in Allen (15.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg and small forward Alfonso Plummer (13.4 ppg, 18 threes) as the playmaking and scoring ability of Allen and the long-range punch of Plummer will keep the Utes in position to win most games. The key is closing out games such as Saturday’s loss to Oregon where the Ducks made a decisive 11-2 run that Utah could not overcome. Sophomore Mikeal Jantunen (10.3 ppg, 58.5% -FG) will have to play consistent solid minutes without foul trouble vs. Battey and Walton. Negating the 3-point game of the Buffs will be important after giving up 10 each to UCLA and Oregon in two of the last three games.

Sophomore point guard Rylan Jones:

Questionable for today with concussion protocol. Jones is one of the top ball handlers in the Conference of Champions as he averages 4.8 assists (4th/Pac-12) and his 3.8 assists-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (2nd/Pac-12). His defense is on point as well as his 15 steals work him in at sixth in the league.

Winner: Colorado (-2.5) 68, Utah 63
Over-Under: Take UNDER 136.5

The Bets
Colorado Buffaloes -2.5
-113
UNDER 136.5
+100
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.