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Utah Utes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Pick & Prediction JAN 17TH 2022

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Either Utah or Arizona State will break back into the win column Monday afternoon when they meet in a Pac-12 game in Tempe, Ariz.

The Utes (8-9, 1-6 Pac-12) have lost five consecutive games with their last win Dec. 21 at home against Fresno State.

The Sun Devils (5-9, 1-3) have a three-game losing streak since winning at Creighton on Dec. 14.

Utah, playing under first-year coach Craig Smith, has lost four conference games on the road against USC, Oregon State, Oregon and Arizona by an average of 15.8 points.

Arizona State, which has had four recent games canceled or postponed by coronavirus protocol, has been routed in its two Pac-12 home games, losing to Washington State 51-29 and to Colorado 75-57.

This game with Utah was originally scheduled for Jan. 13 but was postponed until Monday.

Jalen Graham has missed recent practices because of illness -- he tested negative for COVID-19 -- but returned to practice Friday and played in Saturday's loss to Colorado, leading the Sun Devils with 16 points and five rebounds.

"I mean, no excuses, but when you sit out five days, or a week, and you got to practice only two days, and you gotta wear a mask, it just a little hard, it's different," said Graham, who played only nine minutes in Arizona State's previous game Jan. 2, a 74-50 loss at California.

Utah trailed by only one point with 12 minutes remaining at No. 6 Arizona on Saturday, but the Utes wound up losing 82-64. They are still without center Brendan Carlson, who is out for two to three weeks with an abdominal injury.

The absence of Carlson and his average production of 13.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, has left Utah thin up front. Arizona scored 56 points in the paint, including eight consecutive possessions (including a couple of fouls that led to free throws) to pull away.

"Some things started to get away from us, obviously," Smith said of Arizona's 18-0 run. "We went on that big scoring drought and had just too many turnovers."

--Field Level Media

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Utah Utes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

Rob Edwards had a season-high 24 points and tied a career high with five 3-pointers in his return to the starting lineup as host Arizona State beat struggling Utah 83-64 in a Pac-12 game Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

Remy Martin had 20 points and six assists, while Taeshon Cherry had 11 points and five rebounds for the Sun Devils (11-7, 2-3 Pac-12), who shot 51.7 percent from the field, including 11 of 18 3-pointers. They never trailed.

Timmy Allen had his fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Utes (10-7, 1-4), who have lost four in a row and five of six to fall into last place in the Pac-12. Allen added four assists. Mikael Jantunen contributed 10 points and five rebounds.

Martin had his sixth straight 20-point game and leads the Pac-12 with 12 such games this season. Edwards, who had come off the bench in the last three games, was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and has shot 14 of 26 over the past four games after going 2-for-22 in a six-game stretch

The Sun Devils took control early in the second half, when Cherry and Edwards hit 3-pointers and Martin made a layup during a 10-2 run that turned a six-point halftime edge into a 39-25 lead.

Utah got within 49-40 on Allen's 3-pointer with about 10 minutes remaining before Edwards' fifth 3-pointer helped give the Sun Devils a 56-40 lead two minutes later. The Utes never were closer than eight thereafter. They have lost their last three games by 19, 16 and 39 points.

The Sun Devils' field goal percentage was their the second-best of the season and their 11 3-pointers were one short of a season high. Utah made 39.3 percent from the floor. Allen was 6 of 18 from the field.

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak was called for a technical foul and ejected with 1:23 remaining after the Utes' Matt Van Komen was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim after a dunk. Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley received a technical foul in the second half, when the Arizona State bench also was hit with one.

--Field Level Media

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