Wyoming Cowboys vs. Utah State Aggies - 3/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah State Aggies (15-14) at Wyoming Cowboys (14-17)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: Wyoming Cowboys +1.5 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
The Wyoming Cowboys will play the Utah State Aggies in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
The Utah State Aggies are 15-14 (7-11) and are the #9 seed in the Mountain West tournament. Utah State finished the regular season by winning 2 of their last 3 games and is coming off of a loss to Fresno State by a score of 86-85. Utah State is averaging 73.1 points per game while giving up 71.6 points per game. Utah State is also averaging 35.4 rebounds per game and 14.6 assists per game. Chris Smith is averaging 15.2 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for Utah State. Jalen Moore is averaging 15.1 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Aggies. Utah State is shooting 69% on free throws, 36.8% on three-pointers, and 45.1% on all field goal attempts.
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The Wyoming Cowboys are 14-17 (7-11) and are the #8 seed in the Mountain West tournament. Wyoming finished the regular season by losing 2 of their last 3 games and is coming off of a win against San Jose State by a score of 81-78. Wyoming defeated Utah State by a score of 84-65 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Wyoming is averaging 71.7 points per game while giving up 71.4 points per game. Wyoming is also averaging 31 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game. Josh Adams is averaging 24.4 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game for Wyoming. Jason McManamen is averaging 14.1 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Cowboys. Wyoming is shooting 71.2% on free throws, 37.9% on three-pointers, and 44.5% on all field goal attempts.
Wyoming is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. Wyoming is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The over is 4-0 in Wyoming’s last 4 neutral site games. The over is 26-10 in Utah State’s last 36 games. The over is 5-2 in these two teams last 7 meetings.
Both of these teams struggled this season but should play a very tight game in this one. Utah State is the slightly better offensive team, while both teams are similar on defense. Utah State also has the rebounding advantage in this game. Wyoming blew out Utah State in the first meeting of the season, and I like the Cowboys to win this game.