Utah State Aggies vs Missouri Tigers Prediction, 3/16/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs Missouri Tigers
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (-2)
The Utah State Aggies (26-8) are headed to Golden 1 Center on Thursday where they will go up against the Missouri Tigers (24-9). Missouri opens as -2-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The total has been set at 154.5.
The Utah State Aggies stepped onto the hardwood against Boise State and earned the victory with a final of 72-62 in their last game. Utah State walked away from the game having earned a 40.4% field goal percentage (21 of 52) and knocked down 9 of their 29 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Aggies converted 21 of their 26 attempts for a rate of 80.8%. When talking about getting rebounds, they collected a total of 37 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 14 assists for the game as well as forcing 9 turnovers and having 1 steal. Regarding defense, Utah State allowed the other team to go 40.0% from the floor on 22 out of 55 shooting. Boise State earned 8 assists and had 8 steals in the game. Moreover, Boise State grabbed 28 boards (4 offensive, 24 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Boise State ended up going 63.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 14 of 22 attempts. They buried 4 out of their 14 attempts from 3-point land. In reference to personal fouls, the Aggies finished with 20 and Boise State recorded 21 personal fouls.
Max Shulga is a player who was a factor in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 19 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes played and grabbed 2 boards. He shot 45.5% from the field and recorded 5 assists.
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Utah State enters this one with a record of 26-8 on the season. They turn it over 12.1 times per contest and as a team they commit 17.0 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Utah State is pulling in 35.6 rebounds per game and has accounted for 573 assists for the year, which is 6th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Aggies are shooting 39.3% on 3-point shots (321 of 816) and 76.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 78.6 points per contest (33rd in college hoops) while shooting 48.0% from the field.
On defense, the Aggies are forcing their opponents into 11.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.9 fouls. They currently rank 148th in college basketball in giving up assists with 397 surrendered so far this year. The Aggies are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.1% (843 of 2,002) and they surrender 31.6 rebounds per game as a unit. They are conceding 34.5% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 163rd in college basketball in opponents points per game (69.7).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Missouri Tigers took a defeat with a final score of 72-61 when they played Alabama. The Tigers were able to snag 20 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 25 in this contest. They also turned the ball over 5 times, while recording 10 steals in the matchup. Alabama was called for 13 personal fouls for the game which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for 8 tries. They were able to bury 8 of the free throws for a percentage of 100.0%. Regarding 3-point attempts, Missouri knocked down 7 out of their 25 attempts (28.0%). When all was said and done, the Tigers shot 23 for 68 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 33.8%. The Tigers permitted Alabama to make 28 of 57 attempts from the field which had them shooting 49.1% in this contest. They finished 29.6% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 8 out of 27 and finished the game at 8 out of 11 from the free throw line (72.7%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Missouri permitted Alabama to get 40 in total (8 on the offensive side).
D'Moi Hodge ended up having an impact for the Tigers for the game. He racked up 21 points in his 35 minutes on the court and added 2 assists for this contest. He made 7 out of 11 for this game for a field goal percentage of 63.6%, and had 9 rebounds.
Missouri has a record of 24-9 on the season. As an offensive unit, the Tigers are hitting on 47.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 32nd in the nation. Missouri has tallied 2,623 points for the campaign (79.5 per contest) and they snag 30.3 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 16.1 times per game (19th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.3 times per game. The Tigers are committing 18.1 personal fouls every game and they go 75.8% from the free throw line.
The Tigers on the defensive end are ranked 307th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 74.6. They are able to force 17.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.5% from the floor (235th in Division 1). The Missouri defense concedes 35.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (293 of 827) and their opponents are converting on 75.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 14.6 dimes and 37.4 total rebounds per game, which ranks 321st and 334th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah State (-2)
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