Utah State vs. Air Force - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Air Force Falcons (8-8) at Utah State Aggies (9-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
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The Air Force Falcons and Utah State Aggies play Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Air Force Falcons have lost four of their last five games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Air Force is averaging 67.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Marek Olesinski is averaging 9.7 points and 4.8 rebounds while Justin Hammonds is averaging 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. Trevor Lyons is dishing 2.3 assists and Zach Kocur is shooting 56.5 percent from the field. The Air Force Falcons are an elite offensive team that’s shooting 67.4 percent from the line and 38.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Air Force is allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 65 or less points in four of its last six games. Max Yon is questionable for this game with a quad injury.
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The Utah State Aggies have split their last six games and look for their third MWC victory. On the season, Utah State is averaging 64.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and is allowing 63.1 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Jalen Moore is averaging 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds while David Collette is averaging 12.9 points and 4.9 rebounds. Chris Smith is the third player averaging double-digit points and Darius Perkins is dishing 3.1 assists. The Utah State Aggies are a defensive team that’s allowing 28.2 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 66 or less points in eight of their last nine games. Offensively, Utah State is shooting 66.9 percent from the line and 37.9 percent from beyond the arc. Utah State is 6-3 SU on its home court.
The Falcons are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Aggies are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
Air Force's top player is banged up, which forces me to go with a solid Utah State team at home.