San Diego State Aztecs vs Utah State Aggies Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Diego State Aztecs vs Utah State Aggies
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, UT
Odds/Point Spread: San Diego State (+3.5)
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is the venue where and the Utah State Aggies (10-3) will play the San Diego State Aztecs (9-3) on Saturday. The odds on this contest have Utah State as 3.5-point favorites. The total is set at 128.5.
San Diego State enters this game with a win-loss mark of 9-3 for the year. They are averaging 69.8 points per contest (234th in the nation) on 43.6% from the floor. The Aztecs are connecting on 36.7% on 3-pointers (105 of 286) and 73.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, San Diego State is snagging 34.3 boards per game and is sitting with 162 assists for the season, which ranks 107th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 12.3 times per contest and as a group are committing 17.7 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Aztecs have forced 15.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.2 personal fouls. They relinquish 33.5% on three-point shots and they are ranked 15th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (60.4). The Aztecs are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.5% (252 of 638) and they relinquish 33.3 rebounds per game as a group. They are ranked 265th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 161 conceded for the season.
The San Diego State Aztecs faced off with the Aggies and took a loss by a final of 57-45 in their last game. San Diego State wrapped up the game having earned a 31.5% FG percentage (17 of 54) and buried 5 of their 21 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Aztecs converted 6 of 9 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 30 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 10 assists in the matchup as well as getting 10 steals and 2 blocks. Pertaining to defense, San Diego State allowed the other team to go 31.5% from the floor on 17 out of 54 shooting. Utah State recorded 15 assists and had 10 steals in this game. On top of that, the Aggies totaled 34 rebounds (5 offensive, 29 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. Utah State finished the contest at 100.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 2 of their 2 attempts. They converted 9 of their 23 tries from distance.
Nathan Mensah is a player who was a factor for this contest. He racked up 13 points on 6 out of 9 shooting. He played for 25 mins played and collected 9 rebounds. Mensah finished the game at 66.7% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Aztecs was Matt Mitchell. He had 2 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He finished 36.4% from the floor in this matchup by going 4-of-11 (10 points). When the final whistle was blown, Mitchell was on the hardwood for 26 minutes.
Utah State has a record of 10-3 this year. The Aggies are committing 14.8 personal fouls every game and they connect on 71.3% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 16.2 times per contest (53rd in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.9 times per game. Utah State has accumulated 990 points on the season (76.2 per game) and they average 41.7 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Aggies are hitting on 46.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 101st in the nation. The Aggies defensively are ranked 9th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 59.3. They are forcing their opponents into 15.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 37.6% from the field (12th in college basketball). The Utah State defense surrenders 32.4% on shots from 3-point land (100 of 309) and opponents are making 72.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 10.8 assists and 29.7 boards on a nightly basis, which is 51st and 16th in college hoops.
In their win against SDSU, the Aggies pulled down 29 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 for this contest. They blocked 4 shots while earning 10 steals for the game. The Aztecs were called for 10 fouls for the contest which got the Aggies to the charity stripe for a total of 2 shots. They were able to make 2 of them for a percentage of 100.0%. When talking about shooting from downtown, Utah State converted 9 out of 23 tries (39.1%). When the game finished, the Aggies finished 23 out of 53 from the field which had them shooting 43.4%. The Aggies permitted the Aztecs to convert 17 out of 54 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 31.5% in this game. They shot 23.8% from three-point range by going 5 out of 21 and ended up shooting 6 out of 9 at the charity stripe (66.7%). In reference to rebounds, Utah State permitted San Diego State to snag 30 overall (8 on the offensive side).
Brock Miller was important for the Aggies in this game. He knocked down 5 out of 11 in this contest for a field goal rate of 45.5%, which gave him 16 points. Miller collected 2 rebounds in his 34 minutes and had 2 dimes in the matchup. Someone else who came through for Utah State was Neemias Queta. He walked away with 14 points in his 33 minutes played via 7 out of 11 from the floor for the contest. Queta ended up shooting 63.6% from the floor and also contributing 2 assists and 16 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Diego State (+3.5)
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