Nevada Wolf Pack vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nevada Wolf Pack vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Nevada (+11)
The San Diego State Aztecs (8-2) play the Nevada Wolf Pack (8-4) at Viejas Arena on Saturday. Nevada opens this game as 11-point underdogs. The total opens at 135.
Nevada heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 8-4 this season. They average 71.3 points per game (210th in Division 1) while going 43.6% from the floor. The Wolf Pack are hitting 34.6% on three-point shots (89 of 257) and 73.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Nevada is grabbing 37.4 boards per game and has totaled 164 dimes this season, which has them ranked 52nd in D-1 in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.3 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.7 personal fouls every game. When they are on the defensive end, the Wolf Pack have forced 12.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.2 personal fouls. They are surrendering 32.1% on shots from distance and they rank 96th in college basketball in PPG allowed (66.5). The Wolf Pack defense is allowing a FG percentage of 39.2% (266 of 679) and they surrender 34.4 rebounds per contest as a group. They are 311th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 160 relinquished for the season.
The Nevada Wolf Pack took the court against the Aztecs and took a loss by a final of 65-60 in their last game. Nevada finished with a 36.8% field goal percentage (21 of 57) and knocked down 7 of 20 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Wolf Pack made 11 of 13 shots for a percentage of 84.6%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they earned 29 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 12 assists in this game while having 5 steals and 5 rejections. When discussing defending, Nevada allowed the other team to shoot 36.8% from the field on 21 out of 57 shooting. San Diego State distributed 10 dimes and had 4 steals for the game. In addition, the Aztecs snagged 32 rebounds (4 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 5 blocks. San Diego State shot 86.4% at the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of 22 shots. They also converted 6 out of their 16 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Grant Sherfield is a player who was a factor for this contest. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 8 out of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 34 minutes and pulled down 5 rebounds. Sherfield finished the contest at 42.1% from the floor and distributed 5 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Wolf Pack was Desmond Cambridge. He snagged 5 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He ended up going 46.2% from the field for this game by shooting 6-of-13 (16 points). When the final whistle was blown, Cambridge played for 29 min.
San Diego State has a win-loss mark of 8-2 on the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Aztecs are shooting 44.8% from the field, which ranks 170th in Division 1. San Diego State has scored 724 pts on the campaign (72.4 per game) and they pull in 34.5 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.9 times per contest (155th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 11.8 times per game. The Aztecs are responsible for committing 18.4 fouls every game and they go 73.0% from the free throw line. The Aztecs on defense are ranked 17th in the country in points given up per game with 60.1. They have given up 13.0 dimes and 33.3 boards every game, which has them ranked 177th and 93rd in Division 1. The San Diego State defense surrenders 32.8% from downtown (76 of 232) and opponents are making 71.9% of their foul shots. They are forcing 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 38.5% from the field (27th in the nation).
In their win against Nevada, the Aztecs earned 28 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 32 in the matchup. They also stuffed 4 attempts while earning 4 steals for the game. The Wolf Pack were called for 19 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Aztecs to the charity stripe for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 86.4%. In reference to 3-pointers, San Diego State buried 6 out of their 16 attempts (37.5%). Overall, the Aztecs went 20 for 49 from the field which had them sitting at 40.8%. The Aztecs permitted the Wolf Pack to make 21 out of 57 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 36.8% in this game. They went 35.0% from 3-point land by going 7 of 20 and ended up shooting 11 out of 13 from the charity stripe (84.6%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, San Diego State allowed Nevada to snag 29 in total (5 offensive).
Matt Mitchell ended up having an impact for the Aztecs for the contest. He converted 5 out of 12 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 41.7%, which had him sitting at 20 points. Mitchell grabbed 10 rebounds in his 34 minutes played and totaled 2 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who came through for San Diego State was Nathan Mensah. He left the arena with 16 points in 26 minutes on the court by going 4 out of 7 shooting in the game. Mensah wrapped this one up going 57.1% from the floor while also totaling 2 assists and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nevada (+11)
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