Fresno State Bulldogs vs Boise State Broncos Prediction, 3/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Fresno State Bulldogs vs Boise State Broncos
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: ExtraMile Arena in Boise, ID
Odds/Point Spread: Fresno State (+13.5)
ExtraMile Arena is the venue where and the Boise State Broncos (18-6) will take on the Fresno State Bulldogs (10-10) on Tuesday. Fresno State opens this game as 13.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 135.
Fresno State will enter this matchup with a win-loss record of 10-10 this year. The Bulldogs are shooting 31.6% on shots from beyond the arc (130 of 412) and 65.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 66.3 points per outing (286th in Division 1) while shooting 42.8% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.4 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Fresno State is pulling down 36.0 boards per contest and is sitting with 206 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 298th in Division 1 in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Bulldogs are forcing 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.8 fouls. They are relinquishing 34.1% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 95th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (67.4). The Bulldogs defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 43.4% (477 of 1,098) and they relinquish 32.3 rebounds per contest as a group. They are 78th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 221 conceded on the season.
The Fresno State Bulldogs took the court against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and took a loss by a final of 68-67 in their last game. Fresno State ended having earned a 45.7% field goal percentage (21 of 46) and converted 10 of their 21 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 15 of their 19 shots for a percentage of 78.9%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they earned 24 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 12 dimes for this contest as well as creating 8 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In reference to defense, Fresno State allowed 47.4% from the floor on 27 out of 57 shooting. UNLV doled out 14 dimes and had 5 steals in this game. Moreover, UNLV totaled 26 rebounds (8 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. UNLV finished the game shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of their 8 tries. They also converted 8 of 21 tries from 3-point land.
Junior Ballard is one guy who played a role in this game. He recorded 17 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 36 minutes and also collected 3 rebounds. Ballard finished the game at 62.5% from the field and distributed 3 assists. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the Bulldogs was Orlando Robinson. He grabbed 5 rebounds in his 36 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up shooting 42.9% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 6-of-14 (15 points). In all, Robinson had 5 assists.
Boise State has a record of 18-6 so far this year. The Broncos commit 16.9 fouls per contest while shooting 73.9% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 13.8 times per contest (134th in college hoops) and they turn it over 11.5 times per contest. Boise State has accumulated 1,835 points for the year (76.5 per contest) and they grab 36.0 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Broncos are connecting on 45.6% from the floor, which ranks 100th in the nation. The Broncos on the defensive end are ranked 58th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 65.4. They have allowed 10.8 assists and 32.4 rebounds per contest, which is 40th and 70th in college basketball. The Boise State defense concedes 31.3% on shots from 3-point land (148 of 473) and their opponents are making 73.4% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 42.4% from the field (138th in D-1).
For their last game, the Boise State Broncos took a defeat with a final score of 62-58 when they played the San Diego State Aztecs. The Broncos were able to corral 30 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 39 for this contest. They coughed it up 15 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Aztecs earned 22 personal fouls for this contest which took the Broncos to the charity stripe for 18 shots. They were able to make 15 of them for a percentage of 83.3%. With respect to 3-point attempts, Boise State knocked down 5 out of their 26 attempts (19.2%). At the conclusion of this game, the Broncos finished 19 for 54 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 35.2%. The Broncos allowed the Aztecs to make 23 of their 58 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 39.7% in this game. They finished 27.8% from 3-point land by hitting 5 out of 18 and finished the game at 11 out of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Boise State permitted San Diego State to collect 29 in total (8 offensive).
Marcus Shaver pitched in for the Broncos in the game. He converted 6 of 12 for the contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, and totaled 7 rebounds. Shaver recorded 13 points in his 32 mins on the court and accounted for 1 assist in this contest. Another guy that was pivotal for Boise State was Mladen Armus. He ended up walking away with no assists in his 29 mins played, and he knocked down 3 out of 5 from the floor. Armus ended the game having shot 60.0% from the floor as well as contributing 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Fresno State (+13.5)
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