The last time the Arizona Wildcats and Utah Utes met, Arizona suffered its first loss of the season and will look to exact revenge at home on Thursday this time around.
Utah Utes and Arizona Wildcats (-10, 146.5)
In the first meeting on Dec. 1, Arizona shot just 4-of-28 from 3-point range in an 81-66 loss. Both squads grabbed a combined 32 offensive rebounds, shooting 39.4% from the floor collectively.
The Wildcats' offense must find a way to penetrate a Utes defense that ranks 10th in the nation in points allowed on a per-possession basis but allows plenty of offensive rebounds.
Arizona ranks 42nd in 3-point shooting percentage at 36.8% and 9th in overall field goal percentage.
The shooting percentages should look a lot different this time around with Arizona already ranking 11th in points scored on a per-possession basis and having scored at least 79 points in five straight games.
In games on the road, Utah allows opponents to grab rebounds on 29.2% of their missed shots, good for 248th in the nation. The duo of Oumar Ballo and Azuolas Tubelis are the only pair of teammates that both haul in at least 8.8 rebounds per game each.
In the first meeting, both teams attempted over 70 field goal attempts each. Combine that with Arizona’s uptempo style, which ranks 24th in the nation in possessions per game, and Thursday’s clash figures to be very similar but hopefully with more shots falling.
The Play: Utah vs. Arizona Over 146.5
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