Boise State Broncos vs Nevada Wolf Pack Prediction, 2/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boise State Broncos vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Location: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Boise State (-3.5)
Lawlor Events Center is the venue where and the Nevada Wolf Pack (12-7) will play the Boise State Broncos (14-2) on Friday. Nevada opens this matchup as 3.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 145.
Boise State will play this game with a win-loss record of 14-2 on the year. They are losing possession via turnover 11.0 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 17.2 fouls per contest. As a unit, Boise State is collecting 37.7 boards per game and has accounted for 233 assists this year, which has them ranked 97th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Broncos are hitting 33.8% on 3-point shots (119 of 352) and 73.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 79.9 points per game (37th in the nation) on 47.2% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Broncos are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game while drawing 19.3 fouls. They are conceding 30.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 33rd in the nation in points per game allowed (63.1). The Broncos are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.9% (358 of 875) and they surrender 30.8 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 81st in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 158 conceded so far this season.
The Boise State Broncos played the Colorado State Rams and walked away with a win by a score of 85-77 in their last contest. Boise State ended the game with a 52.7% FG percentage (29 out of 55) and converted 9 of their 21 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the Broncos buried 18 of their 30 shots for a percentage of 60.0%. In terms of pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 27 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 18 assists for the game while having 9 steals and 5 rejections. In terms of defense, Boise State allowed the other team to go 52.7% from the field on 29 of 55 shooting. Colorado State distributed 16 assists and had 5 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Rams had 27 rebounds (6 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Colorado State finished the contest at 83.3% when shooting free throws by making 10 of 12 attempts. They also made 9 of 22 shots from long range.
Marcus Shaver is one player who was a major contributor in this contest. He ended up scoring 21 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 29 mins and also collected 3 boards. Shaver finished shooting 61.5% from the floor and earned 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Broncos was Abu Kigab. He pulled down 7 boards and also had 2 dimes. He finished shooting 37.5% from the field in this matchup by going 3-of-8 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, Kigab was on the court for 30 minutes.
Nevada has a record of 12-7 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Wolf Pack are connecting on 44.3% from the field, which has them ranked 181st in the country. Nevada has 1,387 points on the year (73.0 per game) and they pull down 36.8 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.0 times per game (127th in the country) and they turn it over 12.5 times per game. The Wolf Pack are responsible for committing 19.1 fouls per game and they go 75.9% from the charity stripe. The Wolf Pack defensively are ranked 90th in college basketball in PPG given up with 67.1. They are forcing their opponents into 12.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 39.9% from the field (32nd in D-1). The Nevada defense concedes 32.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (155 of 484) and opponents are making 69.1% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 13.1 assists and 34.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 187th and 127th in those categories.
The last time they took the court, the Nevada Wolf Pack walked away with a victory by a final of 72-62 against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. The Wolf Pack recorded 25 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 32 for this game. They blocked 5 shots while recording 3 steals in the game. The Runnin' Rebels were called for 21 fouls for this contest which got the Wolf Pack to the charity stripe for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 90.9%. When discussing shooting from distance, Nevada buried 6 of their 23 attempts (26.1%). When all was said and done, the Wolf Pack shot 23 out of 54 from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.6%. The Wolf Pack permitted the Runnin' Rebels to make 22 out of their 51 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 43.1% for this game. They finished 33.3% from distance by connecting on 9 out of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 11 from the charity stripe (81.8%). Regarding rebounds, Nevada allowed UNLV to pull down 28 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Grant Sherfield pitched in for the Wolf Pack for this contest. He made 6 out of 15 in the game for a field goal percentage of 40.0%, which earned him 18 points. Sherfield snagged 2 boards in his 39 minutes played and earned 4 assists for the matchup. Someone else who came through for Nevada was Warren Washington. He ended up finishing with 15 points in 24 minutes played via 5 out of 7 from the floor in this game. Washington wrapped this one up going 71.4% from the field in addition to totaling 2 dimes and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boise State (-3.5)
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