Fresno State Bulldogs vs Nevada Wolf Pack Prediction, 1/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Fresno State Bulldogs vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Location: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Fresno State (+7.5)
Lawlor Events Center is the site where and the Nevada Wolf Pack (9-5) will play the Fresno State Bulldogs (5-4) on Sunday. The line on this game has Nevada as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 136.
Fresno State heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 5-4 on the season. The Bulldogs are connecting on 30.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (61 of 203) and 61.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 72.0 pts per game (184th in the nation) while going 44.4% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest and as a team they commit 17.7 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Fresno State is grabbing 40.0 boards per game and is sitting with 97 dimes on the year, which ranks 290th in the nation in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Bulldogs have forced 14.8 turnovers per game and they draw 19.0 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 86th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 105 relinquished on the campaign. The Bulldogs are allowing a field goal percentage of 41.6% (209 of 502) and they surrender 33.1 rebounds per game as a group. They are relinquishing 35.6% from 3-point land and they are 127th in the country in points per game allowed (67.7).
The Fresno State Bulldogs faced the San Jose State Spartans and earned the victory with a final of 80-65 in their last contest. Fresno State walked away from the contest with a 43.9% FG percentage (29 out of 66) and buried 13 of their 29 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Bulldogs converted 9 of 20 shots for a rate of 45.0%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned 39 with 15 of them being offensive. They also dished out 14 assists for this game in addition to earning 5 steals and 5 rejections. In relation to the defense, Fresno State allowed 43.9% from the floor on 29 of 66 shooting. San Jose State recorded 8 dimes and had 6 steals in the game. On top of that, the Spartans pulled down 38 rebounds (10 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. San Jose State finished the contest at 83.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of 12 attempts. They also made 7 of 23 tries from beyond the arc.
Deon Stroud is a player who was a contributor for this game. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 8 out of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 23 mins played and totaled 3 boards. Stroud finished the game shooting 66.7% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. Someone else that was a factor in the game for the Bulldogs was Jordan Campbell. He grabbed 9 boards and accounted for 2 assists. He ended up going 54.5% from the field for the contest by hitting 6-of-11 (16 points). When the final whistle blew, Campbell played for 23 min.
Nevada has a mark of 9-5 this season. The Wolf Pack have committed 19.3 fouls per game and they connect on 73.9% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.0 times per contest (140th in college hoops) and they turn it over 13.4 times per game. Nevada has earned 995 pts on the season (71.1 per contest) and they pull in 36.9 rebounds per contest. As an offensive unit, the Wolf Pack are connecting on 44.3% from the field, which is 183rd in college basketball. The Wolf Pack on defense are ranked 81st in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 66.0. The Nevada defense allows 31.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (110 of 346) and their opposition makes 67.8% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 13.1 assists and 33.7 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 187th and 112th in Division 1. They have forced 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 39.3% from the field (37th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Nevada Wolf Pack took a loss by a score of 69-67 when they played the San Diego State Aztecs. The Wolf Pack were able to pull down 21 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 27 in the matchup. They also turned away 3 attempts while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Aztecs earned 18 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Wolf Pack to the charity stripe for a total of 15 shots. They were able to convert 12 of them for a rate of 80.0%. Concerning 3-pointers, Nevada buried 7 of their 20 attempts (35.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Wolf Pack shot 24 out of 53 from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.3%. The Wolf Pack allowed the Aztecs to knock down 23 out of their 53 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 43.4% in the game. They shot 31.8% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 7 out of 22 and ended up going 16 of 20 from the free throw line (80.0%). With respect to team rebounding, Nevada allowed San Diego State to get 27 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Grant Sherfield pitched in for the Wolf Pack in this matchup. He converted 5 out of 12 in this game giving him a rate of 41.7%, which earned him 20 points. Sherfield totaled 4 boards in his 37 mins played and totaled 9 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that was important for Nevada was Desmond Cambridge. He totaled 17 points in his 35 minutes played by going 7 of 16 from the floor for the contest. Cambridge wrapped this one up going 43.8% from the field as well as totaling 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Nevada (-7.5)
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