Boise State Broncos vs. Utah Utes, NIT Tournament 1st Round, Basketball Betting Odds, Picks and Prediction

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BOISE STATE BRONCOS UTAH UTES
19-11 March 14, 10:00 PM | Jon M. Huntsman Center 20-11
Boise St. at Utah, Las Vegas Betting Lines
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Where: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: 10 p.m. ET, ESPNU
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Tuesday, March 14th – NIT Tournament – FIRST ROUND – Bottom Teams are Home
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
561 –Boise State Broncos +11½ -105 +600 Ov 155½ -110
562 –Utah Utes -11½ -115 -800 Un 155½ -110

The Boise State Broncos and the Utah Utes will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Jon M. Huntsman Center.

ABOUT BOISE STATE (19-11): The Broncos will be trying to pick up their 20th victory for sixth time in seven seasons under Rice – no small accomplishment considering the school had amassed a total of just seven 20-win seasons before he took over. Chandler Hutchison, a lanky 6-7 junior guard, leads the team in scoring (16.9), rebounding (7.9) and steals (1.2) and also shot 39.3 percent from 3-point range en route to first team All-Mountain West honors. Explosive sophomore point guard Paris Austin (12.6) and senior guard James Reid (10.3) also average in double figures scoring while the burly 6-8 Duncan adds 9.5 points per contest and connected on a team-high 67 3-pointers on 193 attempts.

ABOUT UTAH (20-11): The Utes have scored 80 or more points in 16 games this season and their 78.8 points per game average is the program’s highest since 1977-78 (79.5). Four players average in double figures led by 6-9 junior forward Kyle Kuzma (16.3), a first team All-Pac-12 selection who also leads the team in rebounding (9.4) and had 23 points in the tournament loss to Cal. Junior forward David Collette (13.6), senior guard Lorenzo Bonam (12.7) and freshman guard Devon Daniels (10.0) also are averaging in double-digits scoring.

Oddsmakers currently have the Utes listed as 11½-point favorites versus the Broncos, while the game’s total is sitting at 155½.

More than a few schools look down at a berth in the NIT after having their dreams of garnering an NCAA Tournament squashed. But Boise State, the No. 6 seed in the Illinois State bracket, is excited to make the five-hour bus trip to Salt Lake City for a Tuesday night game against No. 3 seed Utah.

The Broncos, who finished third in the Mountain West, saw their hopes of playing in March Madness evaporate with a 87-68 quarterfinal loss to San Diego State last Thursday while Utah saw its NCAA hopes dashed that same day with a 78-75 loss to California in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. Boise State coach Leon Rice and senior forward Nick Duncan both broke down during an emotional postgame press conference discussing the possibility that their season had come to an abrupt end, so Rice was sincere Sunday night when he expressed to media members his happiness that he will get to coach his squad at least one more game. “We’re excited to play,” Rice said. “The NIT is a hard thing to get in. There’s 250 schools right now that wish they were us. So we feel pretty fortunate. To still be playing in March is a great thing.”

Utah was a 78-75 loser in its last match at home against Golden Bears. They failed to cover the -3.5-point spread as favorites.

In their last action, Boise State was a 87-68 loser at home against Aztecs. They failed to cover the +2-point spread as underdogs.

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Boise State:
Team record: 19-11 SU,12-14-2 ATS
Boise State is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Boise State is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boise State’s last 7 games

Utah:
Team record: 20-11 SU,14-14-1 ATS
Utah is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Utah is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

MARCH MADNESS TIPS

1. This is the 13th appearance in the NIT for Utah, which won it in 1947 with a 49-45 victory over Kentucky.

2. Kuzma (15) is currently tied for third place for most double-doubles in a season since 2000 for the Utes behind only Andrew Bogut (26, 2004-05) and Jakob Poeltl (16, 2012-16).

3. Utah ranks fourth in the nation in field goal percentage (50.6), trailing only UCLA (51.9), Gonzaga (51.8) and Creighton (50.8).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Boise State Broncos will cover the spread at +11.5 and the game will go over 155½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Utah 84, Boise State 78 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
BOISE TEAM UTAH
75.8 PTS FOR 78.8
71.3 PTS AGNST 68.0
4.5 DIFF. 10.8
26.0 DEF REBOUNDS 28.0
9.7 OFF REBOUNDS 10.0
45.2 FG% 50.6
71.4 FT% 68.5
8.1 3 POINTERS 6.8
4.9 STEALS 6.1
BETTING TRENDS
BOISE STATE
Boise State is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boise State’s last 5 games on the road
UTAH
Utah is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah’s last 5 games at home
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Utah is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Boise State’s Overall Scoring vs Utah’s Overall Defense 75.8 114 68.0 73
Boise State’s Away Scoring vs Utah’s Home Defense 75.3 59 66.3 94
Boise State’s Road Rebounds vs Utah’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.3 138 30.7 37
Utah’s Overall Scoring vs Boise State’s Overall Defense 78.8 53 71.3 154
Utah’s Home Scoring vs Boise State’s Road Defense 80.9 76 72.8 130
Utah’s Home Rebounds vs Boise State’s Road Rebounds Allowed 38.6 87 34.3 97

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