BYU Cougars vs Utah State Aggies Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: BYU Cougars vs Utah State Aggies
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, UT
Odds/Point Spread: BYU (+1)
The Utah State Aggies (1-2) host the BYU Cougars (4-1) at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Utah State as 1-point favorites. The O/U is set at 145.
BYU will take the court with a win-loss mark of 4-1 this year. The Cougars are connecting on 37.8% on three-point shots (56 of 148) and 60.0% from the charity stripe. They average 80.6 points per game (83rd in college hoops) while shooting 46.7% from the floor. They turn it over 14.8 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, BYU is grabbing 42.0 boards per game and has accounted for 94 assists for the year, which has them ranked 4th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Cougars are able to force 15.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.6 fouls. They are currently ranked 274th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 62 relinquished this season. The Cougars defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.5% (118 of 291) and they surrender 34.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They concede 36.3% on shots from distance and they rank 96th in D-1 in opponents points per game (65.4).
The BYU Cougars faced off with the St. John's Red Storm and notched a win by a score of 74-68 in their last game. BYU ended the contest with a 45.0% FG percentage (27 of 60) and made 10 out of their 27 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Cougars buried 10 of 15 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. Pertaining to rebounding, they compiled a total of 41 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 15 dimes for this contest while getting 5 steals and 3 blocks. In terms of defending, BYU allowed 45.0% from the floor on 27 of 60. St. John's earned 16 assists and 10 steals in the game. Moreover, the Red Storm grabbed 30 rebounds (7 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. St. John's finished the contest at 72.7% from the free throw line by making 8 of 11 shots. They also made 4 of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc.
Alex Barcello is a player who was a major factor in the game. He racked up 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting. He played for 36 minutes and totaled 3 rebounds. Barcello shot 72.7% from the floor and distributed 5 dimes. Another guy that came through in this matchup for the Cougars was Matt Haarms. He collected 2 boards and also accounted for 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 33.3% from the floor for the game by going 2-of-6 (4 points). When the game finished, Haarms saw the court for 27 min.
Utah State has a win-loss record of 1-2 this year. The Aggies commit 13.3 fouls per contest and they hit 72.5% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 11.0 times per contest (228th in college basketball) and they turn it over 15.7 times per contest. Utah State has totaled 210 pts on the season (70.0 per contest) and they pull in 35.7 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Aggies are shooting 42.0% from the field, which ranks them 251st in college hoops. The Aggies are ranked 241st in college hoops in points given up per game with 79.7. They give up 16.0 dimes and 29.3 boards every game, which ranks them 236th and 29th in college hoops. The Utah State defense surrenders 44.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (39 of 88) and opponents are knocking down 83.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 12.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.5% from the floor (244th in D-1).
For their last game, the Utah State Aggies walked away with a victory by a final of 82-71 when they played the UNI Panthers. The Aggies corralled 30 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in the game. They also rejected 7 attempts while earning 5 steals for the contest. The Panthers were called for 25 fouls in the matchup which took the Aggies to the free throw line for 31 tries. They were able to bury 23 of the free throw tries for a rate of 74.2%. When talking about 3-pointers, Utah State knocked down 7 out of 17 attempts (41.2%). When all was said and done, the Aggies finished shooting 26 out of 56 from the field which gave them a rate of 46.4%. The Aggies allowed the Panthers to convert 25 out of 69 tries from the field which had them at 36.2% in the matchup. They shot 37.8% from downtown by going 14 of 37 and walked away from this one shooting 7 out of 9 at the free throw line (77.8%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Utah State allowed UNI to get 29 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Rollie Worster ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Aggies for this contest. He converted 5 out of 11 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 45.5%, which had him finishing with 17 points. Worster grabbed 4 rebounds in his 38 minutes and tallied 3 assists for the contest. Someone else that ended up being a major factor for Utah State was Justin Bean. He ended up with 15 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood by going 6 of 12 shooting for this game. Bean ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor in addition to earning 4 dimes and 10 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take BYU (+1)
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