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Utah State vs. San Jose State - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Jose State Spartans (2-10) at Utah State Aggies (7-5)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)

The Line: Utah State Aggies -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The San Jose State Spartans and Utah State Aggies square off Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

The San Jose State Spartans are off to a brutal 2-10 start and continue to deal with the suspensions of key players. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 54.5 points on 37.4 percent shooting and is allowing 69.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Darryl Gaynor II is averaging 7.5 points on 36 percent shooting and Tyler Winston scored four points in his first game of the season. It’s still a question of when Rashad Muhammad, Jordan Baker, Frank Rogers, Jaleel Williams and Matt Pollard will return for the San Jose State Spartans, all key players who have been suspended for violating a team rule. Until those players return, San Jose State will continue to get crushed considering much of those players are the heartbeat of this team. Since January 1 of last year, San Jose State has just three wins.

Utah State vs. San Jose State - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Utah State Aggies hope to keep things going after winning four of their last five games. On the season, Utah State is averaging 66.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting and is allowing 65.9 points on 38.8 percent shooting. Jalen Moore is averaging 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds while David Collette is averaging 14.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Darius Perkins is producing three assists and Chris Smith is shooting 39.8 percent from the field. The Utah State Aggies continue to rely on their defense that’s holding teams to 27.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has held eight of their 12 opponents under 70 points. Offensively, Utah State is shooting 71 percent from the free throw line and 35.1 percent from deep, as it also has four players averaging double-digit points.

The Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Aggies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Mountain West and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

San Jose State is a bad team as it is but without its key players? Forget it. I never love heavy chalk but it's worth it in this spot. The Spartans could lose to some high school teams with their current roster. 

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Utah State Aggies -18

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