Air Force vs. San Jose State - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose State Spartans (4-24) at Air Force Falcons (11-18)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Clune Arena)
The Line: Air Force Falcons -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Mountain West Network
The San Jose State Spartans will travel to Clune Arena to take on the Air Force Falcons this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The San Jose State Spartans snapped their 16-game losing streak and improved to 4-24 (1-16 MW) on the season after defeating the Utah State Aggies, 64-62, this past Wednesday. San Jose State was able to get their 1st conference win of the season after a 7-0 Spartans run gave San Jose State a 62-58 lead with just 2:26 left in regulation. San Jose State held Utah State to 36.5% shooting from the field and 27.9% (12-43) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Spartans was Jaycee Hillsman who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 66.1 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Jose State has been led by Ryan Welage (18.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), Keith Fisher III (10.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Jaycee Hillsman (9.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Oumar Barry (6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg). Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to average 75.1 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of -5.8.
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The Air Force Falcons lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-18 (5-12 MW) on the season after being defeated by the Wyoming Cowboys, 66-54, this past Wednesday. Air Force trailed by a 31-28 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after a 9-0 Cowboys run gave Wyoming a 63-51 lead with 2:28 left in regulation. Air Force shot just 39.0% from the field and 25.0% (5-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Falcons was Caleb Morris who had a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, Air Force is averaging 67.3 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Falcons are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 32.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Air Force has been led by Lavelle Scottie (12.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg), Trevor Lyons (9.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg), Ryan Swan (9.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Ryan Manning (6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg). Defensively, Air Force is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Falcons have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Falcons are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS loss.
San Jose State was finally able to get into the win column in conference play with their victory over Utah State, however, it’s been a long season for the Spartans as they currently rank just 322nd in scoring offense, 226th in FG%, and 247th in scoring defense. Air Force has lost 5 of their last 6 games and has struggled offensively this season as they rank just 310th in scoring offense and 318th in FG%. Air Force has picked up many wins lately, however, the Falcons did win by a 7-point margin on the road and as San Jose State is just 1-13 on the road this season, I think Air Force does enough at home to cover this spread.