Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (3-4) vs. Weber State Wildcats (6-0)
December 2, 2021 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Weber State Wildcats -16.5 / Northern Arizona Lumberjacks +16.5 ; Over/Under: 145
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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will travel to the Dee Events Center to take on the Weber State Wildcats this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the Cal State Fullerton Titans, 73-56, on November 24th. Northern Arizona struggled offensively against Cal Sate Fullerton and could not fight back after the Titans took a 52-30 lead with 14:18 left in regulation. Northern Arizona shot 36.2% from the field & 23.8% from beyond the arc while allowing Cal State Fullerton to shoot 50.0% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Lumberjacks was Keith Haymon who had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 block.
On the season, Northern Arizona is averaging 72.9 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Arizona has been led by Jalen Cone (16.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.7 apg), Nik Mains (12.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Keith Haymon (9.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg), & Carson Towt (8.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.7 apg).
Defensively, Northern Arizona is allowing their opponents to an average of 72.6 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Lumberjacks have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of -3.4.
The Weber State Wildcats improved to 6-0 on the season after defeating the Dixie State Trailblazers, 87-70, this past Saturday. Weber State led by a 41-35 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 78-62 lead with 4:51 left in regulation. Weber State shot 56.7% from the field & 45.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Dixie State to shoot 46.9% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Seikou Sisoho Jawara who had 23 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, & 3 steals.
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On the season, Weber State is averaging 81.8 ppg on 53.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 39.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Weber State has been led by Koby McEwen (18.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), Jamison Overton (15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.0 spg, 1.2 bpg), Seikou Sisoho Jawara (14.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.8 spg), & Dillon Jones (12.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Weber State is allowing their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of 3.8.
The Lumberjacks are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Weber State. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.
Northern Arizona is coming off a tough 17-point loss at home against Cal State Fullerton and it’s hard to imagine it getting much better for the Lumberjacks as they must go on the road to play a very good Weber State team. Northern Arizona has struggled winning the turnover battle this season as they come into this game ranked just 307th in turnover margin and the Lumberjacks have also struggled defensively, ranking just t-249th in scoring defense. Weber State has been lights out offensively this season, ranking 42nd in scoring offense & 3rd in FG%, and as I think they have no trouble putting up 80+ on Northern Arizona in this one, I think they will do enough to cover this double-digit home spread. Good Luck!