San Diego State Aztecs vs Air Force Falcons Prediction, 1/22/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Diego State Aztecs vs Air Force Falcons
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Location: Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
Odds/Point Spread: San Diego State (-14)
The San Diego State Aztecs (9-4) are headed to Clune Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Air Force Falcons (4-8). Air Force opens this contest as 14-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 123.5.
San Diego State steps onto the hardwood with a record of 9-4 on the year. They are turning it over 12.2 times per game and as a team they are committing 18.0 personal fouls every game. As a team, San Diego State is pulling down 34.2 boards per game and has accounted for 169 assists for the campaign, which is 138th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Aztecs are connecting on 36.4% on 3-point shots (111 of 305) and 71.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 69.0 pts per contest (244th in Division 1) while going 43.4% from the floor. On defense, the Aztecs have forced 15.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.2 personal fouls. They rank 247th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 172 surrendered for the year. The Aztecs defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 39.3% (271 of 689) and they concede 33.7 boards per contest as a team. They surrender 33.3% on three-point shots and they rank 13th in the nation in points per game from their opponents (60.7).
The San Diego State Aztecs faced the Utah State Aggies and ended up losing by a score of 64-59 in their last contest. San Diego State ended the game having earned a 41.1% field goal percentage (23 out of 56) and made 6 out of their 19 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Aztecs made 7 of 15 shots for a percentage of 46.7%. When it comes to hauling in boards, they earned a total of 28 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 7 assists in this matchup while earning 6 steals and 3 blocks. In relation to the defense, San Diego State let their opponent shoot 41.1% from the floor on 23 of 56 shooting. Utah State recorded 11 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Aggies grabbed 38 boards (10 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Utah State ended up going 76.0% from the free throw line by converting 19 of 25 attempts. They also converted 7 of 22 tries from distance.
Terrell Gomez is a player who was a contributor in this matchup. He notched 16 points on 5 out of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 26 mins and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Gomez ended up shooting 38.5% from the field and also distributed 2 assists. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the Aztecs was Lamont Butler. He collected 2 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He finished shooting 75.0% from the floor in this game by shooting 6-of-8 (13 points). When this game wrapped up, Butler played for 25 minutes.
Air Force has a record of 4-8 for the season. The Falcons are responsible for committing 15.3 personal fouls every game and they connect on 71.4% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 11.9 times per game (269th in the nation) and they turn it over 15.1 times per game. Air Force has tallied 707 pts for the year (58.9 per game) and they pull down 24.8 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Falcons are connecting on 45.9% from the field, which is 108th in the nation. The Falcons defensively are ranked 191st in D-1 in PPG allowed with 70.7. The Air Force defense allows 36.1% on shots from beyond the arc (101 of 280) and opponents are connecting on 67.2% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 14.3 assists and 33.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 261st and 109th in college basketball. They are forcing 12.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.6% from the field (328th in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Air Force Falcons took a defeat with a final score of 77-58 when they played the Wyoming Cowboys. The Falcons earned 21 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 26 for the matchup. They blocked 3 shots while getting 5 steals in this matchup. The Cowboys were called for 22 fouls in this contest which took the Falcons to the charity stripe for 19 tries. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 57.9%. In the matter of shooting from distance, Air Force made 1 out of their 12 attempts (8.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Falcons finished shooting 23 for 46 from the field which had them shooting 50.0%. The Falcons permitted the Cowboys to knock down 25 of their 51 tries from the field which had them shooting 49.0% for the contest. They went 50.0% from three-point range by going 16 of 32 and walked away from this one shooting 11 of 16 at the charity stripe (68.8%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Air Force allowed Wyoming to grab 30 in all (6 offensive).
Nikc Jackson ended up being a factor for the Falcons for this contest. He made 8 of 11 for this contest for a rate of 72.7%, which earned him 19 points. Jackson pulled down 6 rebounds in his 29 minutes and added 2 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Air Force was A.J. Walker. He notched 13 points in his 35 minutes played by going 6 out of 11 from the floor in the matchup. Walker walked away from this one going 54.5% from the floor in addition to earning 2 dimes and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Diego State (-14)
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