Utah State vs. San Jose State - 12/27/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose State Spartans (3-8) at Utah State Aggies (7-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
The Line: Utah State Aggies -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up in Wednesday college basketball action, we’ve got a fun matchup between the San Jose State Spartans and the Utah State Aggies at Smith Spectrum.
San Jose State enters this game with a 3-8 record so far. The Spartans had lost five straight games going into the Santa Clara matchup on Thursday but won that one 75-63. Leading the way in scoring for the Spartans during the victory was Ryan Welage with 21 points.
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Welage sits atop the San Jose State stat sheet, with 18.0 PPG and 4.2 RPG. He’s the only player on the Spartans in double-digits, but Brandon Mitchell (9.5 PPG) and Keith Fisher (9.0 PPG; 6.4 RPG) are close.
As for Utah State, they’re currently 7-6 this season. The Aggies have won three of their last four games, beating UC Irvine, Life Pacific and Youngstown State in that span. In the Youngstown game, Utah State guard DeAngelo Isby led the way on 26 points off the bench.
Sam Merrill is the leading Utah State scorer on 14.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG and 3.5 APG. Also in double-digits for the Aggies are Isby (12.5 PPG; 4.0 RPG) and Koby McEwen (11.7 PPG), while Dwayne Browsn is reasonably close on 8.9 PPG and 5.8 RPG.
The Spartans are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight-up win and 12-30-2 in their last 44 Wednesday games. San Jose State is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the Mountain West.
Meanwhile, the Aggies are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games versus a team with a losing straight-up record. Utah State is also 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and the over is 4-1 in their last five versus the Mountain West.
There hasn’t been a whole lot to like about San Jose State this year, but they did show some poise against Santa Clara with a 39-18 run in the first half. Utah State, meanwhile, has been scoring pretty well over the last couple of games, with 187 points in their last pair. I like the Aggies to keep it going here and cover.