Nevada Wolf Pack (8-4) at San Diego State Aztecs (8-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl)
The Line: San Diego State Aztecs -11.5 -- Over/Under: 135 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nevada Wolf Pack and the San Diego State Aztecs meet in college basketball action from Viejas Arena on Saturday night.
The Nevada Wolf Pack will look to bounce back and salvage a split of the back-to-back with the Aztecs after a 65-60 loss to Nevada in their last matchup. Grant Sherfield leads the Wolf Pack with 17.6 PPG and 5.3 APG in addition to contributing 4 RPG while Desmond Cambridge Jr. is 2nd in scoring with 15.4 PPG along with 4.2 RPG to make up the pair of double-digit scorers for Nevada heading into Saturday’s rematch with San Diego State. Zane Meeks is almost a 3rd double-digit scorer for Nevada, averaging 9.8 PPG with a team-high 6.4 RPG while Warren Washington has 8.9 PPG and 5.6 RPG this season. As a team, Nevada is averaging 71.3 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field, 34.6% from 3-point range and 73.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.5 PPG on 39.2% shooting from the field and 32.1% from 3-point range this season.
The San Diego State Aztecs will look to add to their 8-2 mark on the year after picking up the win over Nevada last time out. Matt Mitchell leads the Aztecs in scoring with 15.4 PPG along with 4.9 RPG while Jordan Schakel is 2nd in scoring with 13.9 PPG and 4.3 RPG and Nathan Mensah has 10.2 PPG to sit 3rd in scoring while leading the Aztecs with 7.5 RPG to lead the Aztecs in rebounding and to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for San Diego State heading into Saturday’s tilt with Nevada. Trey Pulliam also has 5.8 PPG and a team-high 3.3 APG for San Diego State this season. As a team, San Diego State is averaging 72.6 PPG on 44.8% shooting from the field, 38.3% from 3-point range and 73% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 60.1 PPG on 38.5% shooting from the field and 32.8% from 3-point range this season.
Nevada is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. San Diego State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record and 1-4 Ats in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams as well.
I get that the popular strategy so far this season has been to fade the team that takes the first game or covers the first game in the rematch in the back-to-back spots, but I’m not sure that’s so wise here. Nevada has a ton of talent with Sherfield and Cambridge and have already shown that they can hang with the Aztecs. I think this is a game where Nevada once again keeps San Diego State within reach the entire way and give themselves a chance late so I’ll take a shot with Nevada and the points in this one.