San Diego State Aztecs vs Utah State Aggies Prediction, 1/14/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Diego State Aztecs vs Utah State Aggies
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Location: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, UT
Odds/Point Spread: San Diego State (+2)
The San Diego State Aztecs (9-2) head to Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Thursday where they'll take on the Utah State Aggies (9-3). The spread on this matchup has Utah State as 2-point favorites. The O/U opens at 130.5.
San Diego State heads into this matchup with a mark of 9-2 for the campaign. They are turning it over 11.9 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.4 fouls per game. As a unit, San Diego State is collecting 34.4 boards per contest and has accounted for 152 assists for the year, which is 120th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Aztecs are shooting 37.7% on three-point attempts (100 of 265) and 73.6% from the charity stripe. They average 72.1 points per contest (189th in the country) while hitting 44.6% from the field. On the defensive end, the Aztecs are forcing 15.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.7 personal fouls. They are giving up 32.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 16th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (60.7). The Aztecs defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.1% (229 of 585) and they relinquish 33.0 boards per contest as a team. They are 240th in D-1 in giving up assists with 146 surrendered on the season.
The San Diego State Aztecs faced off with the Nevada Wolf Pack and walked away with a win by a score of 69-67 in their last contest. San Diego State finished the game with a 43.4% FG percentage (23 of 53) and converted 7 of their 22 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Aztecs converted 16 of their 20 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Concerning hauling in boards, they collected a total of 27 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 13 dimes in this game while getting 4 steals and 3 blocked shots. When it comes to defense, San Diego State allowed their opponent to shoot 43.4% from the floor on 23 out of 53 shooting. Nevada earned 16 assists and had 7 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Wolf Pack collected 27 rebounds (6 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 3 blocks. Nevada finished the game shooting 80.0% at the charity stripe by burying 12 of their 15 attempts. They made 7 out of their 20 attempts from 3-point land.
Matt Mitchell is a guy who was a major contributor in this contest. He recorded 20 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. He played 32 minutes played and collected 8 boards. Mitchell went 57.1% from the floor and also earned 3 assists. One more player that had an impact in the game for the Aztecs was Nathan Mensah. He snagged 6 rebounds and totaled 2 assists. He finished 54.5% from the field for this game by going 6-of-11 (15 points). Overall, Mensah played for 28 minutes.
Utah State has a mark of 9-3 on the season. Utah State has scored 933 points on the campaign (77.8 per game) and they average 42.2 rebounds per game. The Aggies are committing 15.0 fouls per contest while shooting 71.1% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Aggies are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 97th in the nation. They are earning an assist 16.3 times per contest (49th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.6 times per game. The Aggies on the defensive side of the court are 15th in college hoops in PPG allowed with 60.5. The Utah State defense concedes 33.0% from downtown (95 of 288) and opponents are knocking down 72.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 10.9 dimes and 29.3 boards every game, which ranks 56th and 15th in D-1. They are forcing 15.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.0% from the field (14th in Division 1).
For their last game, the Utah State Aggies went home victorious with a score of 82-46 when they faced the New Mexico Lobos. The Aggies collected 32 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive boards for a total of 49 in this contest. They also blocked 5 attempts while recording 6 steals in this matchup. The Lobos committed 17 personal fouls for this game which took the Aggies to the free throw line for 17 tries. They were able to make 11 of those for a rate of 64.7%. With respect to 3-point shots, Utah State buried 7 out of their 16 tries (43.8%). At the conclusion of this game, the Aggies went 32 for 63 from the field which gave them a rate of 50.8%. The Aggies allowed the Lobos to bury 19 out of 61 tries from the floor which left them shooting 31.1% for the matchup. They shot 23.8% from downtown by shooting 5 out of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 3 out of 4 at the free throw line (75.0%). In relation to rebounding, Utah State allowed New Mexico to grab 20 overall (5 offensive).
Justin Bean ended up being a major contributor for the Aggies in this game. He buried 6 out of 9 for the contest for a field goal rate of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 13 points. Bean snagged 13 boards in his 25 mins and totaled 2 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy that was important for Utah State was Marco Anthony. He walked away with 12 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 out of 10 from the floor in the matchup. Anthony wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor while also earning 4 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Diego State (+2)
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