San Diego State Aztecs (9-2) at Utah State Aggies (9-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
The Line: Utah State Aggies -2 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The San Diego State Aztecs and the Utah State Aggies meet Thursday in college basketball action from Smith Spectrum.
San Diego State sits at 9-2 so far. The Aztecs are on a three-game win streak and took out Nevada in their last outing. As for Utah State, they’re 9-3 this season. The Aggies have won eight in a row and blew out New Mexico in their last game. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
San Diego State kicked off the year with five straight wins, then fell to BYU 72-62 on December 18. After a win over Saint Mary’s, the Aztecs fell by three to Colorado State. SDSU was able to beat Colorado State in the rematch, then took out Nevada in consecutive games last week.
In Saturday’s 69-67 win over Nevada, San Diego State’s Matt Mitchell put up 20 points with eight rebounds and three assists. Nathan Mensah was the only other Aztecs player in double-figures there, notching 15 points with six rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes of action.
Over on the Aggies’ side, they started out the year at 1-3 with losses to VCU, South Dakota State and BYU. Since then it’s been eight straight wins for Utah State. Those have come versus College of Idaho, Northern Colorado, San Jose State, Air Force and New Mexico.
In the 82-46 win over New Mexico on Friday, Utah State’s Justin Bean led the way on 13 points with 13 rebounds and two assists. Marco Anthony added 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Neemias Queta doubled up on 11 points, 13 rebounds and one assist.
The Aggies are 1-4 ATS in their last five Thursday games and 6-0 ATS in their last six after a straight-up win. Utah State is 5-0 ATS in their last five after an ATS win and the under is 4-1 in their last five overall.
Meanwhile, the Aztecs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games. The over is 8-2-1 in San Diego State’s last 11 after an ATS loss and 5-1 in their last six road games.
PICK: I like Utah State in this one. The Aggies really haven’t run into any trouble during this eight-game win streak, taking every outing by double-digits. Utah State has notched 72 or more points in seven of those eight games as well. San Diego State has faced some tricky opponents over their last six games, posting less than 70 points in four of those. This game should be close during the first half, but I think Utah State has the offensive juice to power out a cover.