Utah State vs. Idaho State - 12/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Idaho State Bengals (3-6) at Utah State Aggies (5-4)
College Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
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The Idaho State Bengals and Utah State Aggies play Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Idaho State Bengals have split their last four games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Idaho State is averaging 59.9 points on 40.8 percent shooting and is allowing 66.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Chris Hansen is averaging 17.8 points on 38.5 percent shooting and Jeffrey Solarin is averaging 11.9 points and 8.8 rebounds. Nnamdi Ezenwa is grabbing six rebounds per game and Marcus Bradley is shooting 51.3 percent from the field. The Idaho State Bengals are an inconsistent team that struggles the most on the offensive end, as they’re shooting just 60.8 percent from the free throw line and 31.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Idaho State is forcing 11.1 turnovers per game and holding teams to 31 percent shooting from deep.
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The Utah State Aggies have lost four of their last six games but have won two straight. On the season, Utah State is averaging 66.3 points on 41.8 percent shooting and is allowing 66.8 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Jalen Moore is averaging 15 points and 7.3 rebounds while David Collette is averaging 13.9 points and five rebounds. Chris Smith is shooting 41.7 percent from the field and Darius Perkins is averaging 3.6 assists. The Utah State Aggies have turned to their defense to win games, as they’re averaging close to five blocks per game and are holding teams to 28.8 percent shooting from downtown. Offensively, Utah State is shooting 68.3 percent from the line and 36.9 percent from deep.
The Bengals are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. The Aggies are 17-8-2 ATS in their last 27 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bengals are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I don't love the heavy chalk but Utah State is a much better team here and needs this win at home in the worst way. Look for the Aggies to win by double digits.