Fresno State Bulldogs vs Colorado State Rams Prediction, 12/28/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Fresno State Bulldogs vs Colorado State Rams
Date: Monday, December 28, 2020
Location: Moby Arena in Fort Collins, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Fresno State (+7)
The Fresno State Bulldogs (2-0) go to Moby Arena on Monday where they'll meet the Colorado State Rams (3-1). The spread on this matchup has Colorado State as 7-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 140.
Fresno State will enter this contest with a record of 2-0 on the campaign. The Bulldogs are connecting on 36.1% on three-point shots (13 of 36) and 64.3% from the charity stripe. They average 82.5 points per game (53rd in the nation) while going 47.5% from the floor. They are turning it over 14.5 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 16.5 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Fresno State is collecting 48.5 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 24 assists this season, which ranks 327th in the country in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Bulldogs have forced 18.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 24.0 fouls. They are ranked 7th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 20 conceded on the year. The Bulldogs are giving up a field goal percentage of 31.0% (40 of 129) and they relinquish 38.0 boards per contest as a squad. They surrender 29.0% on 3-point attempts while they are 9th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (56.0).
The Fresno State Bulldogs played the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds and notched a win by a score of 78-65 in their last contest. Fresno State wrapped up the game having earned a 39.1% FG percentage (27 out of 69) and made 8 of 25 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 16 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 69.6%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they earned 47 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 14 assists for this contest as well as having 11 steals and 6 rejections. When talking about the defense, Fresno State allowed the other team to shoot 39.1% from the field on 27 of 69 shooting. Fresno Pacific distributed 12 dimes and had 10 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Sunbirds pulled down 38 rebounds (10 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 6 rejections. Fresno Pacific ended up going 69.2% at the free throw line by making 9 of 13 attempts. They made 10 out of their 32 attempts from three-point range.
Junior Ballard is someone who had an impact for this contest. He totaled 17 points on 5 out of 7 shooting. He played for 32 minutes and also totaled 6 boards. Ballard shot 71.4% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Bulldogs was Orlando Robinson. He grabbed 11 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 29.4% from the floor in the matchup by shooting 5-of-17 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Robinson was on the hardwood for 25 min.
Colorado State has a record of 3-1 on the year. The Rams have committed 14.3 personal fouls per game while shooting 74.3% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 13.8 times per game (168th in D-1) and they cough up possession 11.5 times per game. Colorado State has totaled 283 pts so far this year (70.8 per contest) and they pull in 35.3 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Rams are hitting on 44.3% from the floor, which ranks them 195th in the country. The Rams on the defensive end are ranked 25th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 59.8. They are able to force 14.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 37.9% from the field (33rd in college basketball). The Colorado State defense gives up 25.0% on 3-point attempts (28 of 112) and their opponents are making 69.2% of their foul shots. They have given up 12.5 assists and 36.3 boards every game, which ranks them 154th and 205th in those categories.
In their last game, the Colorado State Rams went home victorious with a score of 70-57 against the Santa Clara Broncos. The Rams were able to snag 35 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 38 in the matchup. They blocked 2 attempts while getting 7 steals for this game. The Broncos had 19 personal fouls for this contest which got the Rams to the free throw line for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to bury 10 of the free throw tries for a clip of 76.9%. In reference to three-point shots, Colorado State knocked down 10 out of 32 attempts (31.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Rams finished the game shooting 25 out of 60 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.7%. The Rams permitted the Broncos to convert 24 of 66 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 36.4% in this contest. They went 17.9% from downtown by shooting 5 of 28 and walked away from this one shooting 4 out of 9 at the free throw line (44.4%). Regarding rebounding, Colorado State permitted Santa Clara to collect 41 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Isaiah Stevens pitched in for the Rams for this contest. He converted 5 of 9 for the contest for a rate of 55.6%, which had him finishing with 14 points. Stevens had 4 boards in his 32 mins played and earned 4 dimes in the game. One more player that was pivotal for Colorado State was Adam Thistlewood. He ended up walking away with 10 points in his 31 minutes on the court by way of 4 of 9 from the floor in the game. Thistlewood wrapped this one up going 44.4% from the field as well as totaling 2 dimes and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Colorado State (-7)
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