Sacramento State vs. Weber State - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Weber State Wildcats (18-7) at Sacramento State Hornets (6-20)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:05 pm (Colberg Court)
The Line: Sacramento State Hornets +6 -- Over/Under: 138.5 See the Latest Odds
The Weber State Wildcats will travel to The Nest to take on the Sacramento State Hornets this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Weber State Wildcats won their 8th straight win and improved to 18-7 (11-2 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Portland State Vikings, 95-86 in OT, this past Thursday. Weber State was able to force overtime after finishing regulation on a 6-0 run and easily pulled away in overtime after a 10-0 Wildcats run gave Weber State a 91-83 lead with just 0:33 seconds left in overtime. Weber State shot 55.9% from the field and 50.0% (12-24) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Ryan Richardson who had 27 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Weber State is averaging 80.5 ppg on 50.4% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 42.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Weber State has been led by Jerrick Harding (21.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Ryan Richardson (14.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Zach Braxton (12.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 bpg), and Brekkott Chapman (10.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.8 bpg). Defensively, Weber State is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
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The Sacramento State Hornets lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 6-20 (3-10 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Idaho State Bengals, 67-64, this past Thursday. In a tight back and forth game, Sacramento State couldn’t fight back after a Jared Stutzman jumper gave the Bengals the lead for good with just 0:41 seconds left in regulation. Sacramento State shot just 41.7% from the field and 16.7% (3-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hornets was Joshua Patton who had 20 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 blocks, and a steal. On the season, Sacramento State is averaging 66.5 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Hornets are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sacramento State has been led by Justin Strings (18.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 bpg), Joshua Patton (10.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.9 bpg), Jordan Tolbert (9.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Bryce Fowler (5.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Sacramento State is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Hornets have a rebound margin of -3.5 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Big Sky opponents. The Hornets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Weber State continues to pile up wins in the conference play this season and come into this matchup ranked 44th in scoring offense, 9th in FG%, and 63rd in defensive FG%. Sacramento State has lost 7 of their last 8 games and has really struggled on the offensive end as the Hornets rank just 318th in scoring offense, 191st in FG%, and 302nd in three-pointers made per game. Weber State has a winning record on the road this season and as I think their offense will be able to find success as it did in their 80-64 victory at home in mid-January, I’m going to take Weber State to cover this road spread.