Air Force Falcons vs Wyoming Cowboys Prediction, 2/17/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Air Force Falcons vs Wyoming Cowboys
Date: Friday, February 17, 2023
Location: Arena Auditorium in Laramie, WY
The Wyoming Cowboys (8-17) will go up against the Air Force Falcons (13-14) at Arena Auditorium on Friday.
The Air Force Falcons took the court against Utah State and took a loss by a score of 80-65 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Falcons ended up walking away with 15 while Utah State totaled 12 personal fouls. They also converted 9 of 22 shots from 3-point range. Utah State finished the game shooting 86.7% when shooting free throws by knocking down 13 of 15 shots. Moreover, Utah State snagged 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Utah State recorded 15 dimes and had 5 steals for this game. When it comes to defense, Air Force allowed the other team to shoot 48.3% from the field on 29 of 60 shooting. They also recorded 14 assists for this game as well as forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and getting 6 steals. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 26 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Falcons made 10 of their 12 shots for a rate of 83.3%. Air Force finished the contest with a 43.6% FG percentage (24 of 55) and knocked down 7 of their 22 3-point attempts.
Jake Heidbreder is a guy who was important in this matchup. He accounted for 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He played for 39 mins played and also collected 3 boards. He went 63.6% from the floor and totaled 4 dimes.
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Air Force enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 13-14 this season. They are averaging 67.2 pts per game (291st in D-1) while connecting on 46.4% from the field. The Falcons are hitting 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc (222 of 628) and 71.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Air Force is snagging 29.3 boards per contest and has 414 assists on the campaign, which is 34th in college hoops in terms of passing. They cough up possession 11.7 times per game and as a group are committing 16.9 personal fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Falcons are forcing 10.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.9 fouls. They concede 30.3% on shots from distance and they are 104th in college basketball in points per game allowed (67.0). The Falcons defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 44.3% (642 of 1,448) and they surrender 32.7 boards per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 32nd in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 270 surrendered for the year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Wyoming Cowboys walked away with a victory by a final of 70-56 when they faced New Mexico. The Cowboys were able to pull down 26 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 36 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while getting 8 steals in this contest. New Mexico committed 15 personal fouls for the game which got the Cowboys to the free throw line for 14 attempts. They were able to convert 13 of them for a percentage of 92.9%. In terms of shooting from 3-point land, Wyoming buried 11 out of 29 tries (37.9%). In all, the Cowboys walked away from this one shooting 23 out of 54 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.6%. The Cowboys permitted New Mexico to convert 21 out of 57 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 36.8% in this contest. They finished 31.3% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 5 out of 16 and ended up going 9 out of 13 from the free throw line (69.2%). When discussing rebounding, Wyoming allowed New Mexico to grab 29 in total (10 offensive).
Hunter Maldonado ended up being a factor for the Cowboys in this matchup. He racked up 20 points in his 40 minutes of playing time and had 5 dimes for the contest. He knocked down 6 out of 13 in this game for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and totaled 10 rebounds.
Wyoming has a win-loss record of 8-17 for the campaign. The Cowboys are committing 14.9 personal fouls every game and they go 70.0% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 11.3 times per contest (319th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 12.0 times per contest. Wyoming has scored 1,743 pts for the season (69.7 per contest) and they average 32.4 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Cowboys are hitting on 44.9% from the floor, which is 172nd in D-1.
The Wyoming defense gives up 36.4% on 3-point shots (207 of 569) and opponents are knocking down 78.0% of their foul shots. They concede 12.2 assists and 32.8 rebounds per game, which ranks them 137th and 105th in those categories on the defensive end. The Cowboys defensively are ranked 228th in the country in PPG given up with 71.4. They are forcing their opponents into 11.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.6% from the floor (302nd in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Air Force
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