Colorado State Rams vs Nevada Wolf Pack Prediction, 3/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado State Rams vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Date: Friday, March 5, 2021
Location: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado State (-1)
The Nevada Wolf Pack (14-9) host the Colorado State Rams (17-4) at Lawlor Events Center on Friday. The odds on this matchup have Colorado State as 1-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 145.
Colorado State will take the court with a win-loss mark of 17-4 on the campaign. They are averaging 75.6 pts per contest (80th in college basketball) while connecting on 48.5% from the field. The Rams are hitting 37.1% from downtown (187 of 504) and 78.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Colorado State is pulling in 35.1 boards per game and has racked up 322 dimes for the campaign, which is 105th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 14.3 times per game and as a group they commit 16.9 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Rams are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.5 fouls. They surrender 29.3% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 50th in college basketball in PPG allowed (64.9). The Rams defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.0% (500 of 1,220) and they surrender 32.0 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 150th in Division 1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 266 surrendered so far this season.
The Colorado State Rams faced off with the New Mexico Lobos and took home the win by a score of 87-73 in their last game. Colorado State ended the game with a 53.0% field goal percentage (35 out of 66) and buried 9 of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Rams made 8 of 9 attempts for a percentage of 88.9%. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they earned 40 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 27 assists in this contest as well as forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and having 4 steals. Regarding defending, Colorado State allowed their opponent to shoot 40.6% from the field on 26 of 64 shooting. New Mexico doled out 20 assists and had 3 steals for the contest. Additionally, New Mexico had 27 rebounds (10 offensive, 17 defensive) and earned 9 rejections. New Mexico finished shooting 60.9% from the charity stripe by converting 14 of 23 shots. They also made 7 out of their 25 tries from beyond the arc.
Adam Thistlewood is someone who was a factor for this game. He ended up with 27 points on 11 of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 22 mins played and also collected 5 boards. Thistlewood went 84.6% from the field and also earned 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in the matchup for the Rams was Kendle Moore. He pulled down 2 rebounds in his 31 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 54.5% from the field for this contest via 6-of-11 (17 points). When all was said and done, Moore accounted for 1 assist.
Nevada has a win-loss mark of 14-9 on the year. As an offense, the Wolf Pack are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which ranks them 147th in college hoops. Nevada has accounted for 1,672 pts on the year (72.7 per contest) and they grab 35.6 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 14.5 times per game (97th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.7 times per contest. The Wolf Pack have committed 19.4 personal fouls every game and they connect on 75.4% from the charity stripe. The Wolf Pack are ranked 122nd in the nation in PPG given up with 68.3. They are able to force 12.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.3% from the field (35th in college basketball). The Nevada defense gives up 32.8% on 3-point shots (188 of 573) and opponents are converting on 70.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 13.8 assists and 34.8 total boards per game, which is 247th and 165th in those categories on the defensive end.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Nevada Wolf Pack went home defeated by a final of 87-66 against the Utah State Aggies. The Wolf Pack earned 21 defensive boards and 1 offensive boards for a total of 22 in this matchup. They also coughed up the ball 19 times, while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Aggies earned 17 personal fouls for the contest which took the Wolf Pack to the free throw line for 15 tries. They were able to convert 10 of the free throws for a percentage of 66.7%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, Nevada made 8 of 19 attempts (42.1%). Overall, the Wolf Pack shot 24 for 51 from the field which gave them a rate of 47.1%. The Wolf Pack allowed the Aggies to make 29 of 68 tries from the field which had them sitting at 42.6% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 18.2% from 3-point land by hitting 4 of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 25 of 27 at the free throw line (92.6%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Nevada permitted Utah State to grab 44 in all (15 offensive).
Desmond Cambridge ended up being a major contributor for the Wolf Pack in the game. He converted 4 out of 15 for the contest giving him a rate of 26.7%, and totaled 4 rebounds. Cambridge recorded 13 points in his 29 mins on the court and accumulated 2 dimes for the matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Nevada was Tre Coleman. He finished this one with 2 assists in 31 minutes on the court, and he shot 4 of 6 from the floor. Coleman ended the game having shot 66.7% from the field while notching 12 points and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Colorado State (-1)
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