Utah State Aggies vs Air Force Falcons Prediction, 12/31/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Air Force Falcons
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Location: Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (-9.5)
The Air Force Falcons (3-3) play the Utah State Aggies (5-3) at Clune Arena on Thursday. Utah State opens this contest as 9.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 127.
Utah State enters this game with a mark of 5-3 on the season. They turn the ball over 13.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 15.5 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Utah State is grabbing 42.8 boards per game and has accounted for 120 dimes for the campaign, which is 89th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Aggies are shooting 31.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (46 of 144) and 72.4% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 77.4 points per game (101st in D-1) while hitting 44.1% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Aggies are able to force 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.8 personal fouls. The Aggies are giving up a FG percentage of 39.3% (186 of 473) and they surrender 32.1 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 208th in the country in giving up assists with 98 surrendered for the year. They surrender 35.2% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 116th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (66.8).
The Utah State Aggies stepped onto the hardwood against the San Jose State Spartans and went home with a win by a final score of 85-52 in their last contest. Utah State ended having earned a 42.9% FG percentage (30 of 70) and knocked down 8 out of their 24 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Aggies buried 17 of their 25 attempts for a rate of 68.0%. With respect to rebounding, they earned 52 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 19 dimes in the game as well as earning 6 steals and 10 blocks. In reference to defending, Utah State allowed the other team to shoot 42.9% from the floor on 30 of 70 shooting. San Jose State dished out 8 assists and had 7 steals in the game. In addition, the Spartans snagged 38 rebounds (7 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 10 blocked shots. San Jose State ended up shooting 69.2% at the charity stripe by converting 18 of their 26 tries. They buried 4 of 20 attempts from beyond the arc.
Rollie Worster is a player who was a contributor for the contest. He left the arena with 15 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 23 mins and also totaled 4 rebounds. Worster finished the contest at 45.5% from the floor and also dished out 3 assists. Someone else that was a contributor in the matchup for the Aggies was Brock Miller. He pulled down 2 rebounds and collected 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 55.6% from the field for this contest by going 5-of-9 (12 points). Overall, Miller saw the court for 24 min.
Air Force has a win-loss mark of 3-3 this season. Air Force has 348 pts this season (58.0 per game) and they grab 26.2 boards per game. The Falcons have committed 16.5 fouls every game and they go 72.7% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Falcons are hitting on 43.2% from the field, which has them ranked 238th in college hoops. They are assisting teammates 12.3 times per game (243rd in the nation) and they are turning it over 15.2 times per game. The Falcons on the defensive side of the court are 83rd in college basketball in points given up per game with 64.8. They have given up 12.3 dimes and 34.5 total boards per game, which ranks 144th and 141st in the country. The Air Force defense allows 29.3% on 3-point shots (39 of 133) and their opponents are connecting on 69.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 13.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.4% from the field (208th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Air Force Falcons went home victorious with a score of 68-66 when they faced the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Falcons snagged 19 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 23 in the matchup. They turned away 2 shots while recording 9 steals in this game. The Wolf Pack were called for 19 fouls for this contest which took the Falcons to the free throw line for 18 attempts. They were able to bury 16 of those for a percentage of 88.9%. With respect to 3-point attempts, Air Force made 6 of 19 tries (31.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Falcons went 23 out of 47 from the field which had them at 48.9%. The Falcons allowed the Wolf Pack to knock down 23 of their 54 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.6% for the game. They went 8.3% from three-point range by connecting on 2 out of 24 and ended up going 18 of 26 at the free throw line (69.2%). In relation to attacking the glass, Air Force allowed Nevada to grab 31 in total (11 on the offensive side).
A.J. Walker ended up being a factor for the Falcons for this contest. He converted 11 out of 18 for the contest for a field goal rate of 61.1%, which had him finishing with 27 points. Walker pulled down 4 rebounds in his 39 minutes and earned 3 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Air Force was Chris Joyce. He notched 18 points in 36 minutes played by way of 5 out of 12 shooting in this contest. Joyce ended up shooting 41.7% from the field as well as collecting 2 dimes and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah State (-9.5)
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