Utah State Aggies vs Fresno State Bulldogs Prediction, 3/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Fresno State Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Location: Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (-9)
Save Mart Center is the venue where and the Fresno State Bulldogs (11-10) will take on the Utah State Aggies (17-7) on Saturday. The line on this contest has Utah State as 9-point favorites. The total has been set at 132.
Utah State will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 17-7 this year. The Aggies are connecting on 34.0% on shots from 3-point land (159 of 467) and 72.3% from the free throw line. They average 75.1 pts per game (87th in college hoops) while hitting 45.4% from the floor. They cough up possession 13.8 times per contest and as a team they are committing 15.5 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Utah State is pulling down 40.6 boards per game and has accounted for 398 assists this season, which has them ranked 19th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Aggies are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers per game while drawing 17.9 fouls. The Aggies defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 39.8% (534 of 1,342) and they surrender 29.8 boards per game as a squad. They rank 198th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 289 surrendered for the year. They surrender 34.5% from beyond the arc while they are 29th in the country in PPG allowed (63.4).
The Utah State Aggies took the court against the Wyoming Cowboys and earned the victory with a final of 72-59 in their last contest. Utah State walked away from the contest having earned a 45.5% field goal percentage (30 out of 66) and converted 6 of 20 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Aggies knocked down 6 of 10 tries for a percentage of 60.0%. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they compiled 38 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 20 assists in this game while creating 12 turnovers and earning 5 steals. With respect to defending, Utah State allowed the other team to go 37.5% from the floor on 21 out of 56 shooting. Wyoming distributed 11 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. Additionally, Wyoming snagged 30 rebounds (3 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 1 block. Wyoming finished 66.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 8 of 12 tries. They converted 9 out of their 31 attempts from 3-point range.
Justin Bean is one player who was a factor for this game. He notched 21 points on 10 out of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31 minutes played and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Bean went 50.0% from the floor and also distributed 2 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Aggies was Neemias Queta. He snagged 13 rebounds in 31 minutes played on the night. He walked away from this one shooting 70.0% from the floor in this contest by going 7-of-10 (14 points). Overall, Queta earned 2 assists.
Fresno State has a win-loss record of 11-10 for the year. Fresno State has accumulated 1,393 pts this season (66.3 per contest) and they snag 35.8 rebounds per contest. The Bulldogs are committing 17.4 personal fouls per contest and they go 66.4% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bulldogs are hitting on 42.6% from the floor, which ranks them 261st in the country. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 10.3 times per game (333rd in the nation) and they turn the ball over 14.0 times per game. The Bulldogs defensively are ranked 93rd in Division 1 in PPG given up with 67.2. They are forcing their opponents into 13.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.2% from the floor (172nd in college basketball). The Fresno State defense surrenders 34.2% from downtown (150 of 438) and opponents are knocking down 74.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 10.8 assists and 32.4 boards per game, which has them ranked 41st and 71st in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Fresno State Bulldogs walked away with a victory by a final of 67-64 when they faced the Boise State Broncos. The Bulldogs corralled 23 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 30 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 8 times, while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Broncos were called for 16 fouls for this game which got the Bulldogs to the free throw line for 11 tries. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throws for a rate of 100.0%. In relation to shooting from downtown, Fresno State buried 10 of their 23 tries (43.5%). Overall, the Bulldogs finished the game shooting 23 for 60 from the floor which had them shooting 38.3%. The Bulldogs allowed the Broncos to make 20 of 53 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.7% in this game. They finished 36.8% from three-point range via 7 out of 19 and finished the game at 17 out of 20 from the charity stripe (85.0%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Fresno State allowed Boise State to collect 32 in total (6 offensive).
Deon Stroud pitched in for the Bulldogs in this matchup. He knocked down 6 of 13 in the game for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and accounted for 6 rebounds. Stroud earned 16 points in his 32 minutes on the court and had 1 assist for this contest. Someone else that was important for Fresno State was Anthony Holland. He finished this one with 1 assist in 27 mins on the court, and he knocked down 4 of 8 from the floor. Holland wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field in addition to earning 12 points and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah State (-9)
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