Utah State Aggies vs BYU Cougars Prediction, 12/8/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs BYU Cougars
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Location: Marriott Center in Provo, UT
The BYU Cougars (7-1) will compete against the Utah State Aggies (6-2) at Marriott Center on Wednesday.
The Utah State Aggies faced St. Mary's and took a loss by a final of 60-58 in their last contest. In the matter of fouls, the Aggies walked away with 11 while St. Mary's totaled 15 fouls. They converted 7 out of their 23 shots from downtown. St. Mary's finished the game shooting 100.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 5 of 5 attempts. Additionally, St. Mary's had 30 rebounds (7 offensive, 23 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. St. Mary's recorded 16 dimes and had 7 steals for this contest. When discussing defending, Utah State allowed the other team to go 45.3% from the field on 24 of 53 shooting. They also recorded 11 assists for this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 17 turnovers and having 12 steals. Regarding pulling down rebounds, they earned 31 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. From the free throw line, the Aggies made 15 of their 18 shots for a rate of 83.3%. Utah State finished the contest having earned a 37.7% FG percentage (20 of 53) and buried 3 of their 15 three-point shots.
Justin Bean is someone who was a factor in the game. He finished shooting 53.8% from the floor and also recorded 3 assists. He saw the court for 38 minutes and collected 10 rebounds. He racked up 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting.
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Utah State heads into this contest with a record of 6-2 for the campaign. They are giving up possession 12.4 times per contest and as a team are committing 13.8 personal fouls per game. As a team, Utah State is grabbing 38.0 rebounds per game and has accumulated 151 dimes on the year, which ranks 26th in the country in terms of passing. The Aggies are shooting 36.3% on shots from beyond the arc (70 of 193) and 79.4% from the free throw line. They average 78.8 points per game (76th in D-1) while going 47.9% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Aggies are able to force 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.6 fouls. They are currently ranked 260th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 116 surrendered on the year. The Aggies defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.7% (197 of 484) and they concede 32.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are conceding 32.7% on 3-pointers while they are 156th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (67.1).
The last time they took the court, the BYU Cougars walked away with a victory by a final of 74-68 when they faced Missouri State. The Cougars pulled down 26 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the matchup. They also turned it over 8 times, while getting 6 steals for this contest. Missouri State committed 18 personal fouls in this game which got the Cougars to the charity stripe for 20 tries. They were able to make 14 of the free throws for a rate of 70.0%. In the matter of shots from 3-point land, BYU converted 6 of 23 attempts (26.1%). When the final whistle was blown, the Cougars walked away from this one shooting 27 out of 56 from the field which had them shooting 48.2%. The Cougars permitted Missouri State to make 27 of 66 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 40.9% for this game. They went 27.8% from distance by going 5 of 18 and ended up shooting 9 of 12 at the free throw line (75.0%). In relation to rebounding, BYU permitted Missouri State to snag 34 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Alex Barcello pitched in for the Cougars for the contest. He had 21 points in his 34 mins of playing time, but wasn't able to tally an assist. He converted 7 of 13 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 53.8%, and accounted for 1 rebound.
BYU has a win-loss mark of 7-1 on the campaign. The Cougars are responsible for committing 18.0 personal fouls per game and they hit 71.0% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 14.5 times per game (109th in college hoops) and they are giving up possession 10.6 times per contest. BYU has 608 pts this season (76.0 per game) and they average 42.4 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Cougars are hitting on 45.2% from the field, which ranks 152nd in college basketball.
The BYU defense gives up 23.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (33 of 141) and opponents are making 66.7% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 9.1 assists and 34.0 total boards per game, which ranks 17th and 155th in the country. The Cougars on the defensive end are ranked 63rd in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 62.1. They are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 38.4% from the floor (42nd in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take BYU
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