Colorado State Rams vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado State Rams vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado State (+9.5)
Viejas Arena is the site where and the San Diego State Aztecs (6-1) will play the Colorado State Rams (5-1) on Saturday. San Diego State opens this matchup as 9.5-point favorites. The total is set at 138.
Colorado State will play this contest with a record of 5-1 for the season. They currently have an average of 73.2 points per game (170th in college basketball) while connecting on 46.0% from the field. The Rams are shooting 37.0% on three-point shots (50 of 135) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Colorado State is snagging 34.7 rebounds per game and has earned 89 dimes this year, which ranks 210th in the nation in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 13.2 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 15.3 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Rams are forcing their opponents into 15.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.3 personal fouls. They are giving up 23.0% on shots from distance while they are 19th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (58.5). The Rams defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 37.6% (135 of 359) and they concede 35.7 boards per game as a group. They are 67th in D-1 in allowing assists with 68 surrendered this year.
The Colorado State Rams took the court against the Fresno State Bulldogs and walked away with a win by a score of 81-59 in their last contest. Colorado State finished the contest with a 52.3% FG percentage (23 of 44) and knocked down 9 of their 22 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Rams converted 26 of 32 attempts for a percentage of 81.3%. Concerning hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 35 with 1 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 17 assists in the game while having 5 steals and 3 blocked shots. When discussing defense, Colorado State allowed 52.3% from the floor on 23 of 44 shooting. Fresno State dished out 11 dimes and had 5 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Bulldogs snagged 32 rebounds (12 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Fresno State shot 50.0% at the charity stripe by making 7 of 14 tries. They also made 6 out of their 30 attempts from downtown.
David Roddy is one guy who was a contributor for the contest. He left the arena with 17 points on 4 of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 26 minutes and also pulled down 11 rebounds. Roddy ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and earned 3 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Rams was P.J. Byrd. He snagged 2 rebounds and also collected 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the field in the game by going 2-of-3 (14 points). Overall, Byrd played 21 minutes.
San Diego State has a record of 6-1 for the year. San Diego State has accumulated 514 points this season (73.4 per contest) and they pull in 35.6 rebounds per game. The Aztecs are committing 18.3 fouls per game and they connect on 73.5% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Aztecs are shooting 44.4% from the field, which ranks 192nd in college hoops. They are dishing out assists 13.3 times per game (190th in the country) and they are turning it over 11.6 times per contest. The Aztecs on the defensive end are ranked 14th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 58.0. They have relinquished 12.4 dimes and 33.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 149th and 114th in D-1. The San Diego State defense allows 30.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (51 of 165) and their opponents are connecting on 68.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 16.1 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 37.7% from the floor (27th in college basketball).
For their last game, the San Diego State Aztecs got the victory with a final of 74-49 when they played the St. Mary's Gaels. The Aztecs were able to collect 28 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards totaling 32 in the matchup. They also blocked 11 shots while earning 4 steals in the game. The Gaels were called for 21 personal fouls for this game which took the Aztecs to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 79.2%. Concerning shots from downtown, San Diego State made 7 of 17 tries (41.2%). Overall, the Aztecs ended up shooting 24 out of 43 from the floor which gave them a rate of 55.8%. The Aztecs allowed the Gaels to bury 18 out of their 58 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 31.0% in this contest. They went 22.7% from downtown by going 5 of 22 and finished the game at 8 of 15 from the charity stripe (53.3%). In the matter of team rebounding, San Diego State allowed St. Mary's to grab 27 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Nathan Mensah ended up being a major contributor for the Aztecs in this matchup. He made 8 out of 9 in this game for a field goal rate of 88.9%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Mensah had 13 boards in his 25 mins and earned 2 assists in this game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for San Diego State was Terrell Gomez. He totaled 13 points in his 26 minutes played by going 5 of 6 from the floor for the game. Gomez finished going 83.3% from the field and also collecting 4 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Colorado State (+9.5)
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