Utah State vs. Boise State - 1/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boise State Broncos (10-4) at Utah State Aggies (9-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
The Line: Utah State Aggies +1.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boise State Broncos will travel to Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to take on the Utah State Aggies this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Boise State Broncos won their 7th straight game and improved to 10-4 (1-0 MW) on the season after defeating the Colorado State Rams, 84-80, this past Saturday. Boise State allowed Colorado State to fight back from a 16-point deficit in the 2nd half, but was able to make key FT’s towards the end of the game to secure the win. Boise State shot 46.9% from the field and forced Colorado State to commit 16 turnovers in the victory. The Broncos allowed the Rams to shoot 50.9% from the field and 40.7% (11-27) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Boise State was James Webb III who had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Broncos have been led by James Webb III (16.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.4 spg), Anthony Drmic (14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Nick Duncan (11.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg). Offensively, Boise State is averaging 79.0 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field and 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Broncos average 9.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.30. Defensively, Boise State is allowing their opponents to average of 68.3 ppg on 43.8% shooting. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of 2.9.
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The Utah State Aggies had their four game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-4 (1-1 MW) on the season after being defeated by the San Diego State Aztecs, 70-67, this past Saturday. Utah State shot 40.4% from the field but struggled from beyond the arc as they hit just 25.0% (5-20) of their three-pointers. The Aggies allowed the Aztecs to shoot 43.5% from the field and 35.3% (6-17) from beyond the arc. Utah State was outrebounded by San Diego State by a 93-30 margin and shot an impressive 82.8% (24-29) from the FT line. Leading the way for Utah State was Lew Evans who had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. On the season the Aggies have been led by Jalen Moore (14.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.3 apg), Chris Smith (13.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Lew Evans (10.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg). Offensively, Utah State is averaging 72.9 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field and 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Aggies average 7.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.26. Defensively, Utah State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.5 ppg on 42.8% shooting. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 2.6 and average 5.6 steals per game.
The Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Aggies are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Mountain West opponents and 35-15-3 ATS in their last 53 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Boise State has had a nice start to their season and has really improved on the defensive end compared the Broncos teams we’ve seen over the past few seasons. Utah State has a ton of experience and should be one of the top teams in the Mountain West this season if they can continue their strong defensive start to their season. Boise State has played well but the Broncos are a different team on the road and I think the Aggies will bring a similar effort as they did against San Diego State and pick up the conference win at home. Take Utah State and the points.