Wyoming Cowboys vs Utah State Aggies Prediction, 3/4/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wyoming Cowboys vs Utah State Aggies
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Wyoming (+15.5)
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is the venue where and the Utah State Aggies (16-7) will play the Wyoming Cowboys (12-9) on Thursday. Utah State opens this game as 15.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 148.5.
Wyoming comes into this game with a win-loss record of 12-9 on the season. They turn it over 11.4 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.2 personal fouls every game. As a team, Wyoming is snagging 32.8 rebounds per contest and has racked up 291 dimes on the year, which is 159th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Cowboys are shooting 34.8% on shots from downtown (209 of 601) and 71.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 76.1 points per contest (67th in Division 1) while shooting 44.2% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Cowboys are able to force 13.2 turnovers every game and they draw 19.7 fouls. They are surrendering 32.8% on 3-pointers and they rank 297th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (76.1). The Cowboys defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.9% (584 of 1,219) and they concede 37.7 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 140th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 260 relinquished this season.
The Wyoming Cowboys stepped onto the hardwood against the New Mexico Lobos and notched a win by a score of 79-67 in their last contest. Wyoming finished the contest having earned a 48.2% FG percentage (27 out of 56) and buried 9 of their 26 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Cowboys made 16 of their 21 attempts for a rate of 76.2%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 32 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 12 dimes in this game as well as forcing 16 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When discussing defense, Wyoming allowed 44.8% from the field on 26 of 58 shooting. New Mexico recorded 11 dimes and had 9 steals for the game. Furthurmore, New Mexico totaled 26 rebounds (5 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. New Mexico finished the contest at 54.5% at the charity stripe by making 12 of their 22 attempts. They also knocked down 3 of 9 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Marcus Williams is one player who was a contributor in the matchup. He racked up 15 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He saw the court for 33 minutes but did not grab any boards. Williams finished 44.4% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the game for the Cowboys was Kwane Marble. He snagged 3 rebounds in his 24 minutes on the court. He walked away from this one shooting 71.4% from the field in this game by shooting 5-of-7 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Marble wasn't able to notch an assist.
Utah State has a record of 16-7 for the season. The Aggies are committing 15.5 fouls per contest and they go 72.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 16.4 times per game (25th in Division 1) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest. Utah State has tallied 1,730 pts on the season (75.2 per contest) and they collect 40.6 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Aggies are hitting on 45.4% from the field, which ranks them 109th in Division 1. The Aggies are ranked 33rd in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 63.6. They have forced 14.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 39.9% from the floor (21st in college basketball). The Utah State defense surrenders 34.8% on shots from distance (187 of 537) and their opponents are making 73.9% of their foul shots. They relinquish 12.1 assists and 29.7 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 104th and 13th in those categories.
The last time they took the court, the Utah State Aggies got the victory with a final of 87-66 when they played the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Aggies recorded 29 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 44 in this matchup. They turned it over 12 times, while getting 11 steals for the matchup. The Wolf Pack were called for 19 fouls for the game which got the Aggies to the free throw line for a total of 27 tries. They were able to convert 25 of the free throws for a percentage of 92.6%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Utah State made 4 of 22 attempts (18.2%). Overall, the Aggies went 29 out of 68 from the floor which had them shooting 42.6%. The Aggies permitted the Wolf Pack to knock down 24 of their 51 tries from the floor which had them shooting 47.1% for the matchup. They went 42.1% from distance via 8 of 19 and ended up shooting 10 of 15 from the free throw line (66.7%). Regarding cleaning the glass, Utah State permitted Nevada to get 22 overall (1 offensive).
Neemias Queta ended up having an impact for the Aggies for the game. He converted 9 of 19 in the game for a field goal rate of 47.4%, and accumulated 13 rebounds. Queta racked up 26 points in his 33 mins of playing time and added 6 assists in this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Utah State was Justin Bean. He accumulated 4 assists in his 27 mins played, and he converted 5 out of 10 from the floor. Bean walked away from this one going 50.0% from the field in addition to collecting 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah State (-15.5)
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