Utah State Aggies (5-3) at Air Force Falcons (3-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Clune Arena)
The Line: Air Force Falcons +11.5 -- Over/Under: 127 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah State Aggies and the Air Force Falcons meet in college basketball action from Clune Arena on Wednesday afternoon.
The Utah State Aggies will look to build on their current four-game winning streak after an 86-52 win over San Jose State last time out. Rollie Worster led the Aggies with 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes while Brock Miller chipped in 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes. Sean Bairstow added 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Utah State in the win while Neemias Queta and Justin Bean each had double-digit rebounds with Bean posting a team-high 12 rebounds while Queta added 11 rebounds with 4 assists, 6 blocks and 9 points. Marco Anthony had 8 points with 9 rebounds and 4 assists while Steven Ashworth chipped in 8 points with 4 assists as well. Anthony leads Utah State in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per game while Queta leads the Aggies in rebounding with 8.9 rebounds per game and Worster leads Utah State in assists with 3.3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 77.4 points on 44.1% shooting from the field, 31.9% from 3-point range and 72.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.8 points on 39.3% shooting from the field and 35.2% from 3-point range this season.
The Air Force Falcons will look to get back above .500 after splitting their back-to-back with Nevada, taking the last matchup by a final score of 68-66. A.J. Walker led the Falcons with 27 points on 11 of 18 shooting with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals while Chris Joyce added 18 points as the only other double-digit scorer for Air Force in the winning effort. Keaton Van Soelen added 6 points to match a team-high 7 assists with 5 rebounds while Nikc Jackson added 7 points with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Glen McClintock had 7 points as well. Joyce leads Air Force in scoring with an average of 14.5 points per game while Van Soelen leads Air Force in assists with 3.3 assists per game and Jackson is Air Force’s top rebounder with 4.5 boards per game this season. As a team, Air Force is averaging 58 points on 43.2% shooting from the field, 35% from 3-point range and 72.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.8 points on 43.4% shooting from the field and 29.3% from 3-point range this season.
Utah State is 9-19 ATS in their last 28 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Air Force is 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. The favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
The points with Air Force are tempting as a home dog as this number was close to where it was when Air Force upset Nevada outright just a few days ago. However, the Falcons are still one of the lowest-scoring teams in the country and Utah State is rolling right now coming into this game. I just don’t think the Falcons have the horses to hang with Utah State offensively, so I’ll lay the points with Utah State in this one.