Fresno State vs Utah NCAA Basketball Tournament Spread & ATS PickNoah Williams
The Fresno State Bulldogs take on the Utah Utes in their Midwest region R64 March Madness tilt. The game tips off on TruTV this Thursday, March 17 at 6:27 PM ET from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Bulldogs entering this game after a 68-63 win over San Diego State Aztecs. Meanwhile the Utes are coming off an 88-57 loss to Oregon Ducks.
A Closer Look At My No. 25 Fresno State Bulldogs vs No. 5 Utah Utes NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament Spread & ATS Pick
What: Fresno State Bulldogs (25-9) vs Utah Utes (26-8)
When: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Start Time: 6:27 PM ET
Where: Denver, Colorado
Stadium: Pepsi Center
Spread: Utah -9
Moneyline: Fresno State +330 vs Utah -240
Game Total: 139
Listen: Fresno State vs Utah
Why Bet The Fresno State Bulldogs at +9 To Beat Utah
Fresno State will need a huge effort to stay in this game, let’s be honest. However, nine points are a good enough number to consider them in the spread.
The Bulldogs are in the tournament for the first time since 2001, but this season they were solid against the spread, with an 18-11 record overall, and 29-5 straight up. The team averages 75.3 points per game, led by one of the best players in the nation, guard Marvelle Harris, who averages 20.6 points per game.
Fresno State is not worrying about the fact they need to face a Pac-12 powerhouse like Utah. The Bulldogs are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. On the season, Fresno State averages 75.3 points, 37.6 rebounds and 13.5 assists per game. Defensively, Fresno State yields 70.4 points against the opposing teams.
They are a team that can put points on the board, and that’s good enough to compete in the tournament.
Why Bet The Utah Utes at -9 To Beat Fresno State
Utah knows Fresno State is a dangerous team, but it shouldn’t be a problem for them to advance to the second round. An early exit will be a surprise, considering they got to the regional semifinal last season before losing to Duke.
The Utes are 46-20-1 ATS in their last 67 games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5 points, which means nine points are not a scary number. Utah scores 77.6 per game this season while allowing 69.1, a difference of 8.5 points and that’s against strong PAC-12 competition.
On the season, Utah averages 77.6 points, 37.4 rebounds and 15.6 assists per game. Defensively, Utah yields 69.1 points against the opposing teams.
Consider Utah improved a lot in the last part of the season, and finished like a great bet, posting a 7-3 against the spread. They had a bad game against Oregon in their last outing, and the will be eager to take the floor and prove many critics wrong.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Utes are 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 Thursday games.
- Utes are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Utes are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Bulldogs are 22-46 ATS in their last 68 Thursday games.
- Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The fact that Utah faced better competition all season, and have shown an improvement over the lats ten games, despite losing badly to Oregon, should be more than enough to win and cover this game.