Air Force Falcons vs Fresno State Bulldogs Prediction, 1/1/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Air Force Falcons vs Fresno State Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, January 1, 2022
Location: Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Save Mart Center is the location where the Fresno State Bulldogs (10-4) will take on the Air Force Falcons (8-4) on Saturday.
The Air Force Falcons took the court against Utah State and took home the win by a score of 49-47 in their last game. Air Force finished having earned a 36.0% field goal percentage (18 of 50) and made 8 of their 27 3-pointers. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Falcons converted 5 of 7 attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they earned 29 with 1 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 15 assists in this game while forcing 7 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In reference to defending, Air Force allowed the other team to go 32.7% from the floor on 17 out of 52 shooting. Utah State doled out 11 dimes and had 4 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Utah State grabbed 36 rebounds (6 offensive, 30 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Utah State finished shooting 66.7% at the free throw line by burying 12 of 18 shots. They made 1 of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter. Regarding personal fouls, the Falcons walked away with 16 while Utah State racked up 16 personal fouls.
Jake Heidbreder is a player who was a major factor in this game. He finished 55.6% from the floor and also totaled 2 assists. He played 40 mins and also pulled down 5 boards. He ended up finishing with 14 points on 5 of 9 shooting.
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Air Force steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 8-4 on the season. They currently have an average of 58.9 points per contest (348th in Division 1) while shooting 45.0% from the field. The Falcons are hitting 34.9% from downtown (91 of 261) and 66.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Air Force is collecting 28.4 boards per contest and is sitting with 154 dimes on the season, which is 212th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a squad are committing 17.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Falcons are able to force 13.5 turnovers per game while drawing 15.8 fouls. They rank 25th in D-1 in giving up assists with 112 surrendered for the year. The Falcons are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.5% (252 of 607) and they relinquish 32.1 boards per contest as a unit. They concede 28.2% on 3-point attempts while they are 19th in D-1 in PPG allowed (59.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the Fresno State Bulldogs went home defeated by a final of 65-55 against Boise State. Regarding attacking the glass, Fresno State permitted Boise State to collect 32 in all (7 on the offensive side). They went 47.4% from distance via 9 out of 19 and ended up going 6 out of 10 at the free throw line (60.0%). The Bulldogs permitted Boise State to knock down 25 out of 45 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 55.6% in this matchup. Overall, the Bulldogs finished the game shooting 25 for 58 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.1%. When talking about three-point attempts, Fresno State converted 4 of 18 attempts (22.2%). They were able to knock down 1 of them for a percentage of 50.0%. Boise State earned 10 fouls for this game which got the Bulldogs to the free throw line for 2 shots. They also coughed up the ball 6 times, while recording 8 steals in this matchup. The Bulldogs snagged 12 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 17 in the game.
Orlando Robinson ended up being important for the Bulldogs in this matchup. He made 10 out of 17 in the game for a rate of 58.8%, and totaled 5 rebounds. He tallied 22 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 3 assists for the game.
Fresno State has a mark of 10-4 so far this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Bulldogs are hitting on 43.8% from the field, which ranks them 202nd in the nation. Fresno State has accounted for 920 points this season (65.7 per game) and they average 34.1 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 12.2 times per game (260th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 10.7 times per game. The Bulldogs are committing 14.9 personal fouls every game and they go 74.3% from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs defensively are ranked 5th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 55.6. They are forcing 14.1 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 39.4% from the floor (63rd in Division 1). The Fresno State defense gives up 32.5% on three-point shots (96 of 295) and their opponents are connecting on 72.2% of their foul shots. They give up 9.6 dimes and 29.4 boards per game, which ranks 27th and 16th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Fresno State
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