Boise State Broncos vs. San Jose State Spartans - 3/12/14 Mountain West First Round
San Jose State Spartans (7-23) at Boise State Broncos (19-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: Boise State Broncos -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Jose State Spartans and Boise State Broncos will meet Wednesday in a Mountain West tournament matchup. When these teams played back on January 25, the Broncos won 76-55.
If you’ve been following along all season, you know the deal with the Spartans. Let’s just say they’ve only won one game in the year 2014. They average 62.9 points on 37.8 percent shooting and allow 71.3 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Freshman Rashad Muhammad is their leading scorer with 13.2 points per game, while junior Jaleel Williams leads the team with 5.8 rebounds. Really the only things that help the Spartans keep games somewhat close are their 72.2 percent free throw shooting and 35.4 rebounds. They are 11-16-1 ATS overall.
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The Broncos lost three of their last four games to end the regular season, which includes back-to-back overtime losses. On the season, they average 76.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allow 69.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting. They’re led by one of the better scorers in the conference in junior Anthony Drmic, who averages 16.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. They shoot 74.7 percent from the free throw line as a team, but their shaky defense and inconsistent rebounding (34.5) has really held them back from taking that next step. They are 8-18 ATS overall.
I absolutely hate laying a huge number in a tournament game, as the atmosphere and what’s on the line usually brings the best out in both teams. And while the best from the Spartans may still be lousy, four of their last six losses have been decided by 13 or less points. So, we’re getting some value here. Not to mention the Broncos have had a hard time all season covering the number and just lost to Air Force, the second worst team in the conference.
Give me the truckload of points, please.