Nevada Wolf Pack vs Utah State Aggies Prediction, 2/28/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nevada Wolf Pack vs Utah State Aggies
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Nevada (+8)
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is the venue where and the Utah State Aggies (15-7) will take on the Nevada Wolf Pack (14-8) on Sunday. Nevada opens this matchup as 8-point underdogs. The total opens at 142.
Nevada will enter this game with a mark of 14-8 on the year. They average 73.0 points per outing (135th in Division 1) while hitting 44.7% from the floor. The Wolf Pack are hitting 34.9% on shots from distance (168 of 482) and 75.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Nevada is snagging 36.1 rebounds per game and has accounted for 320 dimes this year, which has them ranked 73rd in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 12.4 times per game and as a squad they commit 19.4 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Wolf Pack are forcing 12.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.8 personal fouls. They are giving up 33.4% from 3-point land while they are 100th in college basketball in PPG allowed (67.5). The Wolf Pack are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.2% (492 of 1,224) and they concede 34.2 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 255th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 296 relinquished on the year.
The Nevada Wolf Pack stepped onto the hardwood against 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 out of 60) and knocked down 6 of their 19 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Wolf Pack made 11 of their 16 tries for a rate of 68.8%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they earned 37 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 dimes for the game as well as forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In the matter of defending, Nevada allowed their opponent to shoot 34.6% from the field on 18 out of 52 shooting. Boise State earned 13 assists and had 8 steals for this contest. Additionally, Boise State snagged 31 rebounds (5 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Boise State finished 70.4% at the charity stripe by making 19 of 27 attempts. They also made 7 out of their 0 attempts from beyond the arc.
Desmond Cambridge is one player who was a factor in this contest. He accounted for 23 points on 9 out of 18 shooting. He played 35 minutes played and pulled down 3 rebounds. Cambridge finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and recorded 3 dimes. Someone else that was a major contributor in this contest for the Wolf Pack was Grant Sherfield. He totaled 2 rebounds in his 36 min on the hardwood. He ended up going 30.8% from the field for this contest via 4-of-13 (11 points). When the game finished, Sherfield had 6 assists.
Utah State has a win-loss record of 15-7 on the year. The Aggies are committing 15.4 personal fouls per game while shooting 71.3% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 16.2 times per contest (34th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.1 times per game. Utah State has totaled 1,643 points so far this season (74.7 per contest) and they grab 40.3 boards per contest. When it comes to offense, the Aggies are hitting on 45.5% from the field, which ranks them 107th in the country. The Aggies are ranked 33rd in the nation in PPG given up with 63.5. They are able to force 14.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 39.6% from the floor (18th in college basketball). The Utah State defense gives up 34.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (179 of 518) and their opposition knocks down 74.2% of their free throw shots. They have given up 12.0 assists and 29.9 total boards per game, which is ranked 109th and 15th in D-1.
When they last stepped on the court, the Utah State Aggies went home defeated by a final of 81-77 against the Boise State Broncos. The Aggies snagged 17 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards totaling 31 for this game. They coughed up the ball 11 times, while recording 6 steals in this matchup. The Broncos committed 15 fouls in the game which got the Aggies to the charity stripe for 11 attempts. They were able to bury 7 of the free throw tries for a clip of 63.6%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Utah State made 4 of 14 tries (28.6%). When this game wrapped up, the Aggies ended up going 33 out of 66 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. The Aggies allowed the Broncos to convert 29 out of 54 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.7% in the matchup. They went 41.2% from distance by connecting on 7 out of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 20 at the free throw line (80.0%). Regarding team rebounding, Utah State allowed Boise State to collect 24 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
Justin Bean ended up being a factor for the Aggies for the matchup. He buried 7 of 13 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 53.8%, and had 10 rebounds. Bean tallied 19 points in his 30 mins on the hardwood and earned 3 assists in this matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Utah State was Neemias Queta. He ended up walking away with 2 dimes in 36 mins played, and he converted 3 out of 9 from the floor. Queta finished going 33.3% from the floor and also contributing 16 points and 17 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Nevada (+8)
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