San Jose State Spartans vs Air Force Falcons Prediction, 3/4/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: San Jose State Spartans vs Air Force Falcons
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
The Air Force Falcons (14-16) are hosting the San Jose State Spartans (18-12) at Clune Arena on Saturday.
The San Jose State Spartans took the court against Colorado State and notched a win by a score of 63-46 in their last game. San Jose State finished with a 38.9% field goal percentage (21 out of 54) and knocked down 11 of their 29 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Spartans converted 10 of their 12 attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they earned 36 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 12 assists for this contest as well as forcing 13 turnovers and getting 9 steals. Pertaining to defending, San Jose State allowed the other team to go 36.5% from the floor on 19 out of 52 shooting. Colorado State doled out 8 dimes and had 3 steals for this game. Moreover, Colorado State pulled down 29 boards (8 offensive, 21 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Colorado State walked away from this one shooting 37.5% at the charity stripe by knocking down 3 of their 8 shots. They also buried 5 out of their 21 attempts from downtown. In reference to personal fouls, the Spartans ended up with 11 while Colorado State recorded 15 personal fouls.
Alvaro Cardenas is one player who was a major factor in this matchup. He totaled 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 38 minutes and collected 3 boards. He ended up going 42.9% from the floor and dished out 5 assists.
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San Jose State steps onto the court with a record of 18-12 for the year. They currently have an average of 67.8 points per contest (280th in D-1) while hitting 43.7% from the field. The Spartans are shooting 33.1% on shots from 3-point land (233 of 703) and 68.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, San Jose State is collecting 38.1 boards per game and is sitting with 377 assists this season, which is 228th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 12.1 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 15.4 fouls per game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Spartans have forced 8.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 14.8 personal fouls. They are 127th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 361 relinquished so far this season. The Spartans defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 42.4% (712 of 1,681) and they relinquish 29.7 boards per game as a squad. They are conceding 34.9% on 3-pointers while they are 80th in college basketball in opponents PPG (66.6).
When they last stepped on the court, the Air Force Falcons took a loss by a score of 54-53 when they played UNLV. With respect to attacking the glass, Air Force permitted UNLV to pull down 32 in all (7 offensive). They shot 15.0% from distance by shooting 3 out of 20 and ended up going 7 out of 10 at the free throw line (70.0%). The Falcons permitted UNLV to convert 22 of 53 tries from the floor which had them shooting 41.5% for the contest. Overall, the Falcons shot 20 out of 51 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 39.2%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, Air Force made 7 out of 22 attempts (31.8%). They were able to knock down 6 of them for a percentage of 75.0%. UNLV was called for 14 fouls in this matchup which took the Falcons to the charity stripe for a total of 8 attempts. They turned it over 14 times, while recording 11 steals for this contest. The Falcons snagged 23 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 27 in this contest.
Jake Heidbreder was important for the Falcons in this game. He buried 6 of 12 for the contest for a rate of 50.0%, but couldn't coral a rebound. He earned 16 points in his 35 mins of playing time and added 1 assist in the game.
Air Force has a win-loss record of 14-16 this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Falcons are connecting on 46.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 61st in the nation. Air Force has totaled 2,011 points on the year (67.0 per game) and they average 29.0 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 15.5 times per game (38th in D-1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.2 times per game. The Falcons commit 17.0 personal fouls every game and they shoot 71.7% from the charity stripe.
The Falcons on defense are ranked 87th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 66.8. They are forcing their opponents into 10.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.5% from the floor (238th in D-1). The Air Force defense allows 29.0% on shots from 3-point land (150 of 518) and opponents are knocking down 75.6% of their foul shots. They have conceded 10.1 dimes and 32.2 rebounds every game, which ranks them 17th and 71st in those categories on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take San Jose State
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