Fresno State at Boise State
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 5:30 PM (EST)|
Taco Bell Arena
Boise State Broncos -1 -- Over/Under: 139.5
The Fresno State Bulldogs and the Boise State Broncos meet in Mountain West conference college basketball action from the Taco Bell Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Fresno State Bulldogs will look to rebound after a 74-64 loss to Nevada in their last outing. Braxton Huggins led the Bulldogs with 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 5 threes while Deshon Taylor added 16 points along with 4 assists and Nate Grimes contributed 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a team-high 11 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double to round out the scoring in double figures for Fresno State as well in the losing effort. Noah Blackwell added 5 points to match his team-high 5 assists as well in the loss. Huggins leads Fresno State in scoring with 19.3 points per game while Grimes leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game and Blackwell leads Fresno State in assists with 4.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Fresno State is averaging 78.4 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 38.4% from 3-point range and 73.1% from the foul line this season.
The Boise State Broncos will look to rebound after a narrow 72-71 loss to Nevada in their last time out. Alex Hobbs led the Broncos with 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds while Justinian Jessup added 17 points and Derrick Alston contributed 14 points with 6 rebounds. Marcus Dickinson added 11 points on 3 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Boise State in the losing effort. Jessup leads the Broncos with an average of 13 points and 2.6 assists per game while RJ Williams leads Boise State in rebounding with 6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Boise State is averaging 72.1 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the 3-point line and 72.1% from the foul line this season.
Fresno State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Boise State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Fresno State as an underdog is tempting, but with this being so close to a pick ‘em, it’s hard to distinguish one as a favorite and one as an underdog. Fresno State has played well on the road, but Boise State has hung tough against the best the Mountain West has to offer, narrowly falling to Nevada in their last outing while the Bulldogs fell to the Wolf Pack by 10. Given the home team’s success in this matchup, I’ll lay the point with Boise State to pick up a big time win at home in this one.