The San Jose State Spartans and the Utah State Aggies meet Saturday in college basketball action from Smith Spectrum. San Jose State is 12-7 so far this year. The Spartans lost to New Mexico on Tuesday. As for Utah State, they’re 15-4 overall following a Tuesday win over UNLV. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
San Jose State Spartans
San Jose State lost to Hofstra, North Texas, Arkansas and Pacific over their first 14 games. The Spartans are 2-3 since then with losses to Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico alongside wins over Colorado State and Fresno State.
In the New Mexico game on Tuesday, San Jose State was down 32-23 going into the second half. The Spartans were outscored 45-34 from there and lost 77-57. Omari Moore was the top team scorer on 24 points.
Utah State Aggies
Over on the Utah State side, they were 12-2 over 14 games this year. The only losses came to Weber State and SMU. The Aggies are 3-2 since then with wins over Air Force, Wyoming and UNLV during that stretch.
On Tuesday versus UNLV, Utah State held a 46-37 edge by the break. The Aggies were outscored 34-29 from there but held on for the win 75-71. Taylor Funk was tops on the team with 20 points and six rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stick with Utah State. This should be a competitive matchup, though. The Aggies were able to fend off a good UNLV team in their last outing, which was a nice bounce-back effort after the 15-point loss to Nevada. Utah State has hit 75 or more points in each of their last three wins, so if they can hit that threshold here I think they’ll be fine on a cover. As for San Jose State, they’ve notched 64 or fewer points in three of their last four games so they’ll want to get off to a good start in this one. Ultimately I think Utah State will keep the cover pace, though.