Denver vs. Wyoming - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wyoming Cowboys (5-1) at Denver Pioneers (2-4)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Magness Arena)
The Line: Denver Pioneers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
TV: Altitude 2
The Wyoming Cowboys will travel to Magness Arena to take on the Denver Pioneers this Wednesday Night in College Basketball action.
The Wyoming Cowboys improved to 5-1 on the season after defeating the D-II New Mexico Highlands Cowboys, 83-70, this past Sunday. Wyoming led by just a 36-29 margin at halftime, however, had no trouble putting New Mexico Highlands away after a 22-5 run to start the 2nd half gave Wyoming a 58-34 lead with 13:54 left in regulation. Wyoming shot 50.0% from the field, 448% (13-29) from beyond the arc, and 88.9% (8-9) from the FT-Line in the victory. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Alan Herndon who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Wyoming is averaging 72.0 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wyoming has been led by Hayden Dalton (17.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), Justin James (11.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg), Alan Herndon (11.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.7 bpg), and Louis Adams (9.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg). Defensively, Wyoming is holding their opponents to an average of 67.5 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of -3.5 and a turnover margin of -1.7.
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The Denver Pioneers dropped to 2-4 on the season after being defeated by the Navy Midshipmen, 79-71, this past Sunday in the FGCU Shootout. Denver struggled from the offensive end in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after they trailed by a 37-22 margin at halftime. Denver shot 38.3% from the field and committed 19 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Pioneers was Joe Rosga who had 33 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Denver is averaging 70.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Pioneers are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Denver has been led by Daniel Amigo (16.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.2 apg), Joe Rosga (16.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 spg), Elvin Rodriguez (11.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Jake Pemberton (6.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Denver is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Pioneers have a rebound margin of 7.2 and a turnover margin of -6.0.
The Cowboys are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. Summit League opponents and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Pioneers are 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29home games and just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Wyoming has been led by largely by their defense that ranks T-97th in scoring defense and 75th in defensive FG% however, the Cowboys have struggled a bit on the offensive end as they rank just T-236th in scoring offense. Denver has a great duo in Daniel Amigo and Joe Rosga, however, the Pioneers have really struggled with turnovers and haven’t been able to consistently make shots. Wyoming is the better team, however, the Cowboys generally aren’t as good on the road and as I think Denver is a better shooting team than they’ve shown, I think the Pioneers will do enough in this one to cover at home with the points.