Utah State vs Boise State Predictions, Picks, Tips, 1/18/2020
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Boise State Broncos
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Taco Bell Arena in Boise, ID
TV: ESPN2, ESPNU
Odds/Point Spread: Boise State +2.5
The Utah State Aggies head to Taco Bell Arena to take on the Boise State Broncos on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The opening line for this game has Utah State as 2.5 point favorites.
Utah State heads into this matchup with a mark of 14-5. They currently have a point differential of 13.9 as they are averaging 78.3 points per contest while giving up 64.4 per game. Boise State has an overall mark of 11-8. They are averaging 77.4 points per contest and giving up 71.1, which is a point differential of 6.4.
Valuable Utah State Aggies Betting Trends
The Utah State Aggies are 6-11-0 against the spread this season
The Utah State Aggies are 7-9-1 against the over/under this year
Important Boise State Broncos Betting Trends
The Boise State Broncos are 10-8-0 against the spread this season
The Boise State Broncos are 11-7-0 against the over/under this year
Key Utah State Aggies Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Boise State Broncos Injuries
No key injuries to report
Sam Merrill comes into this game averaging 16.9 points per contest while playing 34.4 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.9 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is 88%. Justin Bean averages 12.8 points per contest in 27.9 minutes per game. He averages 2.2 assists per game and 10.3 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 52% for the season while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Derrick Alston scores 19.5 points per contest while playing 34.1 minutes per game. He hauls in 5.4 rebounds per contest and has 3.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Justinian Jessup averages 14.8 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 36.2 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.2 rebounds per game and has 2.1 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 95%.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah State averages 78.3 points per contest, which is 37th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 13.9 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 122nd. From 3-point territory they shoot 33%, which is good for 207th in the nation. They average 41.3 boards per contest and 16.7 assists per game, which ranks them 18th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 290th with 12.1 per game. The Aggies allow 64.4 points per contest, which is 73rd in the NCAA. They also surrender a 40% shooting percentage and a 31% average from 3-point range, ranking them 59th and 88th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 32.9 rebounds a game which ranks 73rd, and they allow 10.8 assists per game which puts them in 59th place in the country. They force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 166th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Boise State is 49th in the nation with 77.4 points per contest this season. They are 104th in the country in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 6.4. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 155th in the NCAA. They are 233rd in D-1 in rebounding with 34.6 boards per contest and 217th in assists per game with 12.8. The Broncos are 273rd in turnovers per contest with 12.3. The Broncos give up 71.1 points per game, which ranks them 226th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 293rd and 121st in those defensive statistics. They rank 145th with 12.1 dimes allowed per game and 91st with 33.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Broncos are 157th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 13.6 per contest this year.
The Aggies are 29th in the nation in offensive rating with 109.7. In terms of pace they are 156th in the country with 70.4 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 130th. As a team they are 79th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 186th in Division 1. Utah State is 311th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.6 times per 100 possessions.
Boise State is 278th in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.2 times per 100 possessions. The Broncos are 76th in the country in offensive rating with 106.7. In terms of pace they are 145th in Division 1 with 70.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 85th. As a team they are 57th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shots, ranking 99th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Utah State/Boise State college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Utah State -2.5
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