Utah State Aggies vs Fresno State Bulldogs Prediction, 2/4/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Fresno State Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Location: Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (-11)
The Fresno State Bulldogs (7-6) host the Utah State Aggies (13-5) at Save Mart Center on Thursday. The line on this game has Utah State as 11-point favorites. The over/under opens at 130.5.
Utah State enters this one with a mark of 13-5 on the season. They are turning it over 14.2 times per contest and as a group are committing 15.4 personal fouls every game. As a team, Utah State is grabbing 41.4 boards per game and has accumulated 291 assists for the season, which is 16th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Aggies are shooting 34.7% on 3-point shots (125 of 360) and 71.8% from the charity stripe. They average 75.1 points per contest (102nd in the country) while connecting on 45.1% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Aggies are forcing 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.1 personal fouls. They are giving up 33.9% from 3-point land and they are 16th in D-1 in PPG allowed (61.7). The Aggies defense is allowing a FG percentage of 38.6% (388 of 1,006) and they concede 30.1 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 236th in college hoops in allowing assists with 211 relinquished for the year.
The Utah State Aggies faced off with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and went home with a win by a final score of 83-74 in their last contest. Utah State finished the game with a 50.0% field goal percentage (31 out of 62) and made 10 of 19 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Aggies converted 11 of 17 shots for a percentage of 64.7%. In relation to rebounding, they earned a total of 39 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 21 assists for this game as well as earning 5 steals and 3 rejections. In reference to defending, Utah State allowed 50.0% from the floor on 31 out of 62 shooting. UNLV totaled 15 assists and had 6 steals for the game. Furthurmore, the Runnin' Rebels snagged 28 rebounds (7 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 3 rejections. UNLV ended up shooting 75.0% when shooting free throws by making 12 of their 16 shots. They also converted 10 out of their 28 shots from three-point range.
Rollie Worster is someone who was a contributor in this matchup. He accumulated 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He played 38 minutes played and collected 9 rebounds. Worster shot 53.8% from the field and also totaled 9 assists. One more player that played a role in this contest for the Aggies was Brock Miller. He collected 2 boards and had 2 dimes. He finished 55.6% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 5-of-9 (15 points). When the final whistle was blown, Miller played for 39 min.
Fresno State has a win-loss record of 7-6 this season. Fresno State has accumulated 893 pts so far this year (68.7 per game) and they pull in 38.2 rebounds per contest. The Bulldogs are responsible for committing 17.7 fouls every game and they hit 62.9% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Bulldogs are shooting 43.2% from the floor, which is 243rd in the nation. They are getting an assist 10.7 times per contest (317th in college basketball) and they turn it over 15.0 times per game. The Bulldogs on the defensive end are ranked 112th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 67.5. They are forcing their opponents into 14.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.2% from the field (87th in Division 1). The Fresno State defense allows 32.2% on shots from distance (96 of 298) and their opponents are making 73.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 11.2 assists and 35.0 total boards per game, which ranks them 60th and 172nd in Division 1.
The last time they took the court, the Fresno State Bulldogs went home victorious with a score of 65-55 when they played the New Mexico Lobos. The Bulldogs snagged 20 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 25 for this contest. They rejected 3 tries while recording 9 steals for the game. The Lobos were called for 18 personal fouls in this contest which took the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 24 tries. They were able to bury 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 75.0%. When it comes to three-point shots, Fresno State knocked down 7 out of 24 tries (29.2%). When the final whistle was blown, the Bulldogs went 20 out of 43 from the field which had them shooting 46.5%. The Bulldogs permitted the Lobos to make 23 of 65 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 35.4% in the game. They finished 21.7% from beyond the perimeter by going 5 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 4 out of 9 from the charity stripe (44.4%). When talking about how they rebounded, Fresno State permitted New Mexico to collect 37 overall (18 on the offensive glass).
Junior Ballard was important for the Bulldogs in this game. He buried 5 of 8 in this game for a rate of 62.5%, which got him 16 points. Ballard pulled down 2 rebounds in his 35 minutes played and tallied 2 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that was important for Fresno State was Deon Stroud. He walked away with 13 points in his 26 minutes played via 3 of 7 from the floor in this contest. Stroud finished going 42.9% from the floor and also contributing 2 dimes and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Fresno State (+11)
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