Utah State Aggies vs Air Force Falcons Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Air Force Falcons
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (-12)
Clune Arena is the site where and the Air Force Falcons (3-3) will take on the Utah State Aggies (5-3) on Saturday. The spread on this matchup has Utah State as 12-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 129.
Utah State will enter this matchup with a win-loss record of 5-3 this season. They are averaging 77.4 points per game (103rd in college basketball) while going 44.1% from the floor. The Aggies are shooting 31.9% on 3-pointers (46 of 144) and 72.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Utah State is grabbing 42.8 boards per contest and has 120 assists for the year, which ranks 97th in college hoops in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 15.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Aggies are forcing their opponents into 14.3 turnovers every game and they draw 19.8 fouls. The Aggies are giving up a FG percentage of 39.3% (186 of 473) and they surrender 32.1 boards per game as a group. They currently rank 192nd in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 98 surrendered on the year. They surrender 35.2% from beyond the arc and they are 114th in college basketball in PPG allowed (66.8).
The Utah State Aggies faced the San Jose State Spartans and walked away with a win by a score of 85-52 in their last contest. Utah State ended the game having earned a 42.9% FG percentage (30 of 70) and knocked down 8 out of their 24 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Aggies knocked down 17 of their 25 attempts for a rate of 68.0%. In regard to pulling down boards, they collected 52 with 11 of them being offensive. They also dished out 19 assists for this contest as well as earning 6 steals and 10 blocks. Concerning the defense, Utah State allowed the other team to shoot 42.9% from the floor on 30 of 70 shooting. San Jose State doled out 8 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. In addition, the Spartans collected 38 rebounds (7 offensive, 31 defensive) and earned 10 rejections. San Jose State finished the game at 69.2% at the charity stripe by converting 18 of their 26 shots. They converted 4 out of their 20 tries from beyond the arc.
Rollie Worster is a guy who was a major contributor in the matchup. He racked up 15 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He played 23 minutes and totaled 4 rebounds. Worster finished shooting 45.5% from the floor and recorded 3 dimes. Another guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Aggies was Brock Miller. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He ended up going 55.6% from the field in this game by connecting on 5-of-9 (12 points). When this game wrapped up, Miller played for 24 min.
Air Force has a mark of 3-3 so far this year. Air Force has totaled 348 points on the campaign (58.0 per contest) and they collect 26.2 boards per contest. The Falcons commit 16.5 fouls per contest and they connect on 72.7% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Falcons are shooting 43.2% from the floor, which is ranked 238th in college hoops. They are assisting teammates 12.3 times per contest (238th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 15.2 times per contest. The Falcons on the defensive side of the court are 78th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 64.8. They have forced 13.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.4% from the field (207th in the country). The Air Force defense surrenders 29.3% on shots from distance (39 of 133) and their opposition makes 69.2% of their free throw shots. They have given up 12.3 dimes and 34.5 rebounds per contest, which is 142nd and 143rd in the nation.
For their last game, the Air Force Falcons took home the win by a final score of 68-66 against the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Falcons were able to corral 19 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 23 for this game. They blocked 2 attempts while getting 9 steals in the game. The Wolf Pack had 19 fouls in the game which took the Falcons to the free throw line for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to make 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 88.9%. When talking about shooting from downtown, Air Force made 6 out of 19 attempts (31.6%). When the game finished, the Falcons shot 23 out of 47 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.9%. The Falcons allowed the Wolf Pack to bury 23 of their 54 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 42.6% for the contest. They shot 8.3% from downtown by connecting on 2 out of 24 and ended up shooting 18 out of 26 from the free throw line (69.2%). With respect to attacking the glass, Air Force permitted Nevada to get 31 in all (11 offensive).
A.J. Walker ended up being important for the Falcons for the game. He knocked down 11 out of 18 for the matchup for a rate of 61.1%, which gave him 27 points. Walker pulled down 4 boards in his 39 minutes played and had 3 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Air Force was Chris Joyce. He ended up scoring 18 points in 36 minutes on the court by going 5 of 12 shooting in the game. Joyce ended the game having shot 41.7% from the field in addition to totaling 2 dimes and 4 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Air Force (+12) and under 129 points
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