Boise State Broncos (6-1) at San Jose State Spartans (1-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Grand Canyon University Arena)
The Line: San Jose State Spartans +20.5 -- Over/Under: 151 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boise State Broncos and the San Jose State Spartans meet in college basketball action from Provident Credit Union Event Center on Thursday night.
The Boise State Broncos will look to add to their current six-game winning streak, sitting at 6-1 on the year after an 89-52 blowout of New Mexico last time out. Derrick Alston Jr. and Max Rice each had 22 points to lead the Broncos with Alston Jr. shooting a perfect 9 of 9 from the floor with 3 threes and a team-high 6 assists with a pair of steals while Rice shot 9 of 13 with 4 threes with a team-high 7 rebounds. Marcus Shaver Jr. added 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 3 threes to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Broncos in the winning effort. Emmanuel Akot and RayJ Dennis each had a team-high 6 assists with Dennis adding 3 steals while Akot scored 7 points. Alston Jr. leads the Broncos in scoring with an average of 16.9 points per game while Dennis leads Boise State in assists with 4.6 assists per game and Mladen Armus has a team-high average of 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Boise State is averaging 77.1 points on 47.1% shooting from the field, 34.5% from 3-point range and 66.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 58 points on 37.7% shooting from the field and 26.2% from 3-point range this season.
The San Jose State Spartans will be out to snap a four-game losing streak after an 85-52 loss to Utah State last time out. Richard Washington led San Jose State with 11 points on just 4 of 17 shooting along with a pair of blocks as the lone San Jose State player to finish in double figures scoring in the losing effort. Caleb Simmons added 7 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 assists while Seneca Knight had 4 points with 9 boards of his own and Omari Moore added 6 points with 3 steals in the defeat. Washington leads San Jose State in scoring with an average of 22 points per game while Moore leads the Spartans in assists with 2.4 assists per game and Knight leads San Jose State on the glass with 7.3 rebounds per game, but Knight has opted out of the rest of the season citing COVID concerns. As a team, San Jose State is averaging 66.6 points on 35% shooting from the field, 29.9% from 3-point range and 63.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 88.4 points on 46.3% shooting from the field and 30.4% from 3-point range this season.
Boise State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. San Jose State is 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The favorite is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings between these two teams.
Getting this many points with a home dog is tempting, but usually, when you’re getting that many points at home it’s for a reason and I think it is here as well. This San Jose State team is a mess and they now have to go without one of their best players in Seneca Knight who is opting out citing COVID concerns. Boise state’s loaded and I think the Broncos show their muscle with a win and cover in this spot.