Utah State Aggies vs Boise State Broncos Prediction, 2/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Boise State Broncos
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Location: ExtraMile Arena in Boise, ID
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (+2)
The Utah State Aggies (14-6) head to ExtraMile Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Boise State Broncos (17-4). Utah State opens this matchup as 2-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 138.5.
Utah State heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 14-6 this season. They are averaging 74.6 pts per contest (107th in the nation) while going 45.3% from the floor. The Aggies are shooting 34.4% on 3-pointers (134 of 390) and 71.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Utah State is pulling in 40.7 boards per contest and is sitting with 322 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 31st in the country in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 14.0 times per game and as a squad they commit 15.6 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Aggies are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game and they draw 18.0 personal fouls. They give up 33.5% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 17th in the nation in opponents PPG (62.2). The Aggies defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 38.8% (436 of 1,123) and they concede 30.3 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 178th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 232 conceded on the year.
The Utah State Aggies faced off with the Broncos and ended up losing by a score of 79-70 in their last game. Utah State walked away from the contest with a 46.0% field goal percentage (29 of 63) and buried 3 out of their 16 shots from distance. When they shot from the free throw line, the Aggies buried 9 of 13 tries for a rate of 69.2%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they earned 34 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 14 assists in the matchup as well as having 6 steals and 3 blocked shots. Regarding defending, Utah State let their opponent shoot 46.0% from the floor on 29 out of 63 shooting. Boise State doled out 13 dimes and had 4 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Broncos pulled down 30 rebounds (7 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Boise State finished 88.2% at the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of their 17 tries. They knocked down 8 of their 23 shots from long range.
Neemias Queta is a player who was a major factor for the matchup. He finished with 32 points on 12 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 mins and also snagged 10 rebounds. Queta went 57.1% from the floor but didn't record a dime. Someone else that was a major factor in this matchup for the Aggies was Marco Anthony. He snagged 3 boards and totaled 3 dimes. He finished 45.5% from the field in this matchup by going 5-of-11 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Anthony played 37 minutes.
Boise State has a win-loss record of 17-4 on the season. As an offense, the Broncos are shooting 46.2% from the field, which has them ranked 79th in the nation. Boise State has tallied 1,630 pts for the campaign (77.6 per game) and they average 36.6 boards per game. They are earning an assist 13.9 times per contest (134th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.0 times per game. The Broncos are committing 16.8 fouls every game and they go 73.5% from the charity stripe. The Broncos defensively are ranked 46th in the nation in points given up per game with 64.4. They allow 10.8 dimes and 31.7 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 40th and 49th in the country. The Boise State defense gives up 31.5% on 3-point attempts (133 of 422) and opponents are connecting on 73.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.0% from the floor (119th in the country).
In their win over Utah State, the Broncos snagged 23 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 30 in the game. They blocked 2 tries while recording 4 steals for the game. The Aggies committed 20 fouls in this game which got the Broncos to the free throw line for 17 tries. They were able to knock down 15 of them for a clip of 88.2%. In the matter of shooting from downtown, Boise State made 8 of their 23 attempts (34.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Broncos shot 28 out of 63 from the floor which had them sitting at 44.4%. The Broncos allowed the Aggies to make 29 out of their 63 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.0% for the contest. They finished 18.8% from distance by shooting 3 out of 16 and finished the contest at 9 of 13 at the free throw line (69.2%). Concerning rebounding, Boise State allowed Utah State to pull down 34 in total (9 offensive).
Derrick Alston ended up having an impact for the Broncos for this contest. He buried 8 out of 17 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 47.1%, which earned him 26 points. Alston snagged 3 boards in his 34 mins and added 3 dimes in the game. One more player that played a role for Boise State was Marcus Shaver. He finished with 12 points in 29 minutes on the court by way of 5 of 11 shooting for the contest. Shaver wrapped this one up going 45.5% from the field in addition to collecting 2 dimes and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah State (+2)
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