San Jose State Spartans vs Fresno State Bulldogs Prediction, 1/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose State Spartans vs Fresno State Bulldogs
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose State (+13.5)
The San Jose State Spartans (2-6) go to Save Mart Center on Friday where they'll take on the Fresno State Bulldogs (3-3). Fresno State opens this game as 13.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 151.5.
San Jose State comes into this one with a win-loss record of 2-6 on the campaign. They average 69.1 pts per contest (246th in the country) while hitting 36.5% from the floor. The Spartans are connecting on 30.3% on shots from beyond the arc (60 of 198) and 66.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, San Jose State is pulling in 38.9 boards per game and has racked up 86 assists on the campaign, which is 267th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest and as a unit are committing 19.1 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end of the court, the Spartans are forcing their opponents into 9.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.9 fouls. The Spartans defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 44.5% (247 of 555) and they surrender 47.6 rebounds per game as a unit. They are 223rd in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 122 surrendered for the campaign. They are giving up 31.0% on three-point shots and they are 337th in D-1 in points per game allowed (87.4).
The San Jose State Spartans took the court against the Benedictine College Ravens and went home with a win by a final score of 80-64 in their last game. San Jose State ended the game having earned a 42.9% FG percentage (33 of 77) and buried 8 of their 28 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Spartans made 6 of their 10 shots for a rate of 60.0%. In reference to rebounding, they collected 47 with 12 of them being offensive. They also doled out 14 dimes in this game while having 4 steals and 3 blocks. In regard to defense, San Jose State allowed the other team to shoot 42.9% from the field on 33 of 77 shooting. Benedictine College earned 13 dimes and had 6 steals in this game. Moreover, the Ravens snagged 36 rebounds (6 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Benedictine College finished 57.1% when shooting free throws by converting 8 of 14 attempts. They also buried 10 of 35 tries from 3-point range.
Ralph Agee is someone who was a major factor for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 20 minutes played and totaled 9 boards. Agee shot 80.0% from the field and also recorded 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Spartans was Jalen Dalcourt. He snagged 2 rebounds and accounted for 3 assists. He ended up shooting 63.6% from the field for the game by going 7-of-11 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Dalcourt played for 28 minutes.
Fresno State has a win-loss record of 3-3 for the year. When it comes to offense, the Bulldogs are connecting on 45.6% from the floor, which is ranked 136th in the nation. Fresno State has totaled 432 points this year (72.0 per game) and they grab 40.5 boards per game. They are getting an assist 10.3 times per contest (318th in the nation) and they are turning it over 15.5 times per game. The Bulldogs are committing 20.3 fouls per game and they shoot 63.0% from the free throw line. The Bulldogs defensively are ranked 134th in the nation in points per game surrendered with 67.8. They have given up 12.3 assists and 33.0 boards per game, which is 146th and 85th in college hoops. The Fresno State defense concedes 35.2% on 3-point attempts (56 of 159) and their opponents are making 72.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 15.0 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 39.6% from the field (60th in Division 1).
For their last game, the Fresno State Bulldogs got the victory with a final of 81-61 when they played the Wyoming Cowboys. The Bulldogs corralled 30 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 42 for this contest. They also blocked 7 attempts while recording 5 steals for this contest. The Cowboys were called for 15 fouls for this game which got the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to make 13 of the free throw tries for a clip of 81.3%. Pertaining to 3-pointers, Fresno State buried 6 of 18 attempts (33.3%). Overall, the Bulldogs finished the game shooting 31 for 56 from the floor which had them shooting 55.4%. The Bulldogs allowed the Cowboys to convert 22 of their 57 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 38.6% in this contest. They shot 29.4% from distance by going 5 of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 12 out of 18 from the charity stripe (66.7%). When talking about rebounding, Fresno State allowed Wyoming to grab 23 in all (7 offensive).
Orlando Robinson was important for the Bulldogs in the game. He converted 12 out of 16 in the game for a field goal rate of 75.0%, which earned him 33 points. Robinson pulled down 13 boards in his 38 minutes and earned 2 dimes for this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Fresno State was Christian Gray. He ended up finishing with 17 points in 26 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 out of 9 shooting in the matchup. Gray ended up shooting 77.8% from the floor as well as totaling 2 dimes and 9 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Fresno State (-13.5)
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