Free CBB Hoops Pick: Bulldogs vs Utes Odds
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25-9 (3-0 N) Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Utah Utes 26-8 (5-2N)
2016 NCAA Tournament – March Madness – First Round
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 7:27 PM ET
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Utes -8.5
CBB Betting Total: 142.5
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Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State makes it into the tournament thanks to a MWC championship game win over San Diego State. It was not a fluke though, they were the second best team in the league all season long.
FSU features one of the more unrecognized talents in the country in guard Marvelle Harris. He averages 20ppg, just one of two Bulldogs that scores in double figures.
Taking on the primary job of muscling up on Utah center Jacob Poetl is reserve forward Cullen Russo. That is one of the toughest assignments this season. If he can neutralize him than the Bulldogs chances go up significantly. But that is a big if.
Fresno State is a quality team and this is a good matchup at Utah is solid but unspectacular save Poetl. I am not saying upset but it is definitely possible.
The Utes have shown for a second straight season that they are going to be force to be reckoned with the PAC12. Like I wrote above they have one superlative player and are solid all around him.
That player is Poetl who is certain to be a lottery pick whenever he decides he wants to turn pro. He is a rare college center who is savvy in the post. His game is very mature.
That also means that unlike a lot of young bigs you can keep him in the game in all situations and when this team needs a bucket they look to him.
Utah is the kind of team that could go on a deep run but also wouldn’t surprise me if they lost on the first weekend. That does not mean play against though because they have proven they can really play with anyone the last couple of seasons.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Utah is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Fresno State
Free Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Utah Utes CBB Prediction:
This game has a couple of stars. Poetl has more support but if Harris is the best player on the court than things get very interesting. They have some recent history but nothing really relevant.
This one gets especially interesting if the Bulldogs can get Poetl into some foul trouble. That’s just hard to do without much of an inside game.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Utah Utes -8
Even though I am not a big Utah fan, I respect them and they are not super likely to be one and done in this tournament.
Fresno beat SDSU which is a good team but you can get by with just defense against those guys. Not so with Utah.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Utah 72 – Fresno State 62
Not a ton of value here but you can advance Utah to the next round in your pool.
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