Utah State Aggies vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction, 3/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (+3.5)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (17-10) host the Utah State Aggies (20-8) at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. Texas Tech opens this contest as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 133.
Utah State enters this contest with a mark of 20-8 this season. They currently have an average of 73.3 points per game (120th in D-1) while hitting 44.6% from the floor. The Aggies are connecting on 33.6% on shots from 3-point land (181 of 538) and 72.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Utah State is grabbing 40.8 boards per game and has accounted for 456 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 9th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.6 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 15.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Aggies are forcing 13.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.9 personal fouls. They are surrendering 33.1% on 3-point shots and they are 15th in D-1 in opponents PPG (62.3). The Aggies defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 38.9% (614 of 1,578) and they surrender 30.5 rebounds per contest as a group. They currently rank 208th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 319 relinquished this season.
The Utah State Aggies stepped onto the hardwood against the San Diego State Aztecs and took a loss by a final of 68-57 in their last contest. Utah State finished the contest with a 37.3% field goal percentage (19 out of 51) and converted 3 of their 13 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Aggies converted 16 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. With regard to getting rebounds, they earned 30 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 10 assists for the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and getting 2 steals. With respect to defending, Utah State allowed their opponent to shoot 44.8% from the floor on 26 out of 58 shooting. San Diego State recorded 7 dimes and had 10 steals in this matchup. Moreover, San Diego State snagged 27 rebounds (9 offensive, 18 defensive) and got 5 rejections. San Diego State ended up shooting 82.4% when shooting free throws by converting 14 of 17 shots. They also converted 2 out of their 15 tries from three-point range.
Neemias Queta is one guy who was a contributor for the matchup. He notched 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He played for 34 mins and also collected 6 rebounds. Queta finished shooting 63.6% from the field but had no assists when the game ended. Another guy that was a determining factor in this game for the Aggies was Justin Bean. He snagged 6 rebounds in his 30 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up going 50.0% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 3-of-6 (12 points). At the conclusion of this game, Bean collected 1 assist.
Texas Tech has a win-loss mark of 17-10 for the year. Texas Tech has accounted for 1,972 points this season (73.0 per game) and they average 35.1 boards per game. The Red Raiders are committing 17.4 fouls per game and they go 71.1% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Red Raiders are shooting 44.3% from the floor, which ranks them 170th in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 13.0 times per contest (191st in the country) and they turn it over 11.0 times per contest. The Red Raiders on the defensive side of the court are 31st in the country in points per game surrendered with 63.4. The Texas Tech defense gives up 35.0% on shots from distance (192 of 549) and opponents are knocking down 68.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 9.7 assists and 33.0 rebounds per game, which ranks them 9th and 92nd in those categories. They are able to force 16.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.0% from the floor (58th in the country).
The last time they took the court, the Texas Tech Red Raiders took a defeat with a final score of 67-66 against the Texas Longhorns. The Red Raiders corralled 16 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 in the game. They gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while recording 13 steals for the game. The Longhorns committed 18 fouls in the matchup which got the Red Raiders to the charity stripe for a total of 20 tries. They were able to convert 12 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 60.0%. Pertaining to shots from distance, Texas Tech buried 6 of their 17 attempts (35.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Red Raiders ended up going 24 for 60 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 40.0%. The Red Raiders permitted the Longhorns to make 25 of 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.5% for the matchup. They finished 42.3% from beyond the perimeter by going 11 out of 26 and finished the contest at 6 out of 8 at the free throw line (75.0%). Regarding cleaning the glass, Texas Tech permitted Texas to snag 34 in all (13 on the offensive side).
Terrence Shannon ended up being a major contributor for the Red Raiders for this contest. He made 5 of 13 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 38.5%, and accumulated 4 rebounds. Shannon totaled 18 points in his 34 mins of playing time and tallied 2 dimes in this game. Someone else who came through for Texas Tech was Kevin McCullar. He came away with 1 assist in his 35 mins played, and he shot 5 of 13 from the floor. McCullar walked away from this one going 38.5% from the floor while totaling 11 points and 4 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Utah State (+3.5) and over 133 points
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