Fresno State Bulldogs vs Nevada Wolf Pack Prediction, 1/15/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Fresno State Bulldogs vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Location: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Fresno State (+6.5)
Lawlor Events Center is the site where and the Nevada Wolf Pack (8-5) will take on the Fresno State Bulldogs (5-3) on Friday. Fresno State opens this contest as 6.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 136.5.
Fresno State heads into this game with a mark of 5-3 on the season. The Bulldogs are shooting 30.3% from downtown (54 of 178) and 61.0% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 73.9 points per contest (147th in D-1) while going 45.2% from the floor. They cough up possession 14.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 18.1 fouls per contest. As a unit, Fresno State is collecting 41.8 boards per contest and has tallied 87 dimes this year, which has them ranked 293rd in Division 1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Bulldogs are forcing 14.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.4 fouls. They surrender 34.7% on 3-pointers and they are 103rd in the country in opponents points per game (67.0). The Bulldogs defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 40.4% (181 of 448) and they concede 32.6 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 64th in college basketball in allowing assists with 89 surrendered for the campaign.
The Fresno State Bulldogs took the court against the San Jose State Spartans and notched a win by a score of 80-65 in their last contest. Fresno State ended the game with a 43.9% field goal percentage (29 of 66) and converted 13 out of their 29 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs buried 9 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 45.0%. With respect to rebounding, they compiled 39 with 15 of them being offensive. They also recorded 14 assists in this contest as well as having 5 steals and 5 blocked shots. In the matter of defending, Fresno State let their opponent shoot 43.9% from the floor on 29 of 66 shooting. San Jose State earned 8 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Spartans pulled down 38 rebounds (10 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 5 blocks. San Jose State shot 83.3% at the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of 12 tries. They also converted 7 of their 23 attempts from downtown.
Deon Stroud is one guy who was important in this game. He ended up scoring 22 points on 8 out of 12 shooting. He played for 23 minutes played and collected 3 rebounds. Stroud finished shooting 66.7% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Bulldogs was Jordan Campbell. He grabbed 9 boards and also totaled 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 54.5% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 6-of-11 (16 points). When the game finished, Campbell played for 23 minutes.
Nevada has a mark of 8-5 on the year. When it comes to offense, the Wolf Pack are connecting on 43.8% from the floor, which is 208th in college basketball. Nevada has scored 922 points so far this year (70.9 per contest) and they pull in 36.8 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 13.8 times per game (150th in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest. The Wolf Pack commit 19.5 fouls every game and they hit 74.0% from the free throw line. The Wolf Pack on defense are ranked 97th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 66.7. They have forced 12.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 39.5% from the field (44th in the country). The Nevada defense surrenders 32.1% on three-point shots (103 of 321) and their opponents are connecting on 67.6% of their free throw shots. They give up 13.3 dimes and 34.3 boards per contest, which ranks 207th and 131st in college hoops.
For their last game, the Nevada Wolf Pack walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 69-67 when they played the San Diego State Aztecs. The Wolf Pack were able to corral 21 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 27 for the game. They also rejected 3 shots while getting 7 steals for the matchup. The Aztecs were called for 18 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Wolf Pack to the charity stripe for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to bury 12 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 80.0%. In regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Nevada converted 7 of their 20 attempts (35.0%). In all, the Wolf Pack walked away from this one shooting 24 out of 53 from the floor which had them shooting 45.3%. The Wolf Pack permitted the Aztecs to bury 23 out of their 53 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 43.4% for the matchup. They finished 31.8% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 7 out of 22 and ended up shooting 16 of 20 at the free throw line (80.0%). Regarding rebounding, Nevada allowed San Diego State to collect 27 in all (7 offensive).
Grant Sherfield was important for the Wolf Pack in this game. He buried 5 of 12 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 41.7%, which got him 20 points. Sherfield had 4 boards in his 37 mins played and tallied 9 assists in this contest. An additional guy that was pivotal for Nevada was Desmond Cambridge. He was able to score 17 points in 35 minutes played via 7 of 16 shooting in this contest. Cambridge walked away from this one going 43.8% from the field in addition to contributing 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Fresno State (+6.5)
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