Boise State vs. San Diego State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego State Aztecs (11-4) at Boise State Broncos (14-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Taco Bell Arena)
The Line: Boise State Broncos -2.5 -- Over/Under: 139 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The San Diego State Aztecs will travel to Taco Ball Arena to take on the Boise State Broncs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The San Diego State Aztecs won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-4 (3-1 MW) on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans, 85-49, this past Tuesday. San Diego State was outstanding on defensive end against the Spartans and had no trouble pulling away after a 16-0 Aztecs run gave San Diego State a 48-25 lead with 14:49 left in regulation. San Diego State held San Jose State to 30.8% shooting from the field and 9.1% (1-11) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Aztecs was Jalen McDaniels who had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, and 4 steals. On the season, San Diego State is averaging 78.1 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Aztecs are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego State has been led by Devin Watson (13.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Malik Pope (12.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Trey Kell (10.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Matt Mitchell (10.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, San Diego State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.7 ppg on 39.3% shooting from the field. The Aztecs have a rebound margin of 6.8 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
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The Boise State Broncos improved to 14-3 (4-1 MW) on the season after defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs, 70-64, this past Tuesday. Boise State went into halftime with a 32-21 lead and held off a late Bulldogs run to secure the win. Boise State held Fresno State to 38.2% shooting from the field and 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Chandler Hutchison who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, Boise State is averaging 78.9 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 38.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Boise State has been led by Chandler Hutchison (18.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Justinian Jessup (13.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Alex Hobbs (11.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Christian Sengfelder (10.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg). Defensively, Boise State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 9.2 and a turnover margin of -2.3.
The Aztecs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record however, are just 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Broncos are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
San Diego State is once again one of the better teams in the Mountain West and have been led by their defense that ranks 30th in scoring defense and 24th in defensive FG%. Boise State bounced back after a tough OT loss against Wyoming and has been great on both ends of the court this season as the Broncos rank 81st in scoring offense, 28th in three-pointers made per game, and 48th in scoring defense. Boise State is a perfect 9-0 at home this season and as they had no trouble taking care of the Aztecs in a 78-66 victory at home last year, I’m taking the Broncos to cover this spread.