Nevada Wolf Pack vs Utah State Aggies Prediction, 2/26/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nevada Wolf Pack vs Utah State Aggies
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Location: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Nevada (+8)
The Nevada Wolf Pack (14-7) travel to Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday where they'll meet the Utah State Aggies (14-7). The line on this game has Utah State as 8-point favorites. The over/under is set at 141.5.
Nevada comes into this contest with a mark of 14-7 for the season. They are losing possession via turnover 12.4 times per contest and as a unit are committing 19.3 personal fouls per game. As a team, Nevada is collecting 36.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 302 assists for the season, which has them ranked 93rd in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. The Wolf Pack are shooting 34.0% on 3-point shots (155 of 456) and 75.6% from the free throw line. They average 73.0 points per game (136th in the nation) while shooting 44.9% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Wolf Pack have forced 12.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.3 fouls. They are ranked 223rd in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 276 surrendered this year. The Wolf Pack defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.0% (469 of 1,172) and they concede 34.0 boards per game as a squad. They give up 32.6% from 3-point land and they are 92nd in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (67.1).
The Nevada Wolf Pack played the Boise State Broncos and notched a win by a score of 73-62 in their last contest. Nevada finished with a 46.7% FG percentage (28 of 60) and buried 6 out of their 19 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Wolf Pack buried 11 of 16 shots for a rate of 68.8%. Pertaining to rebounding, they collected 37 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 14 assists in this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and getting 5 steals. When talking about defending, Nevada allowed 34.6% from the field on 18 out of 52 shooting. Boise State distributed 13 assists and had 8 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Boise State grabbed 31 boards (5 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Boise State finished 70.4% from the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of their 27 attempts. They also converted 7 out of their 21 shots from beyond the arc.
Grant Sherfield is one player who played a role in this contest. He walked away with 29 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He played 38 mins and also snagged 6 rebounds. Sherfield finished shooting 50.0% from the field and earned 8 dimes. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Wolf Pack was Desmond Cambridge. He pulled down 5 rebounds in his 29 min played. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 8-of-16 (17 points). When the time ran out, Cambridge didn't record a dime.
Utah State has a mark of 14-7 for the year. Utah State has 1,568 points this season (74.7 per game) and they snag 40.4 rebounds per game. The Aggies commit 15.7 fouls every game while shooting 71.6% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Aggies are hitting on 45.6% from the floor, which is ranked 103rd in college hoops. They are assisting teammates 16.0 times per game (38th in the country) and they are turning it over 14.0 times per game. The Aggies on the defensive end are ranked 25th in college hoops in points given up per game with 63.0. They have forced 14.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 39.5% from the field (17th in college basketball). The Utah State defense surrenders 33.7% on three-point shots (166 of 492) and opponents are converting on 74.0% of their free throw shots. They have given up 11.8 dimes and 30.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 90th and 14th in college hoops.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Utah State Aggies went home defeated by a final of 81-77 against the Boise State Broncos. The Aggies corralled 17 defensive boards and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 31 in the game. They also turned it over 11 times, while earning 6 steals for the game. The Broncos were called for 15 fouls for this contest which took the Aggies to the free throw line for 11 attempts. They were able to knock down 7 of the free throws for a percentage of 63.6%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Utah State knocked down 4 of 14 attempts (28.6%). When all was said and done, the Aggies ended up going 33 out of 66 from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.0%. The Aggies allowed the Broncos to convert 29 of their 54 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 53.7% in this game. They went 41.2% from three-point range by going 7 out of 17 and ended up shooting 16 of 20 from the charity stripe (80.0%). In relation to rebounding, Utah State permitted Boise State to collect 24 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
Neemias Queta ended up being a major contributor for the Aggies in the matchup. He converted 14 out of 19 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 73.7%, and accumulated 11 rebounds. Queta scored 30 points in his 33 mins on the court and accumulated 3 assists in the matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Utah State was Justin Bean. He left the arena with 1 assist in 22 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 4 out of 7 from the floor. Bean finished going 57.1% from the field while earning 11 points and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nevada (+8)
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