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Boise State vs. Wyoming - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wyoming at Boise State
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Taco Bell Arena
Boise, ID
The Line
Boise State Broncos -15 -- Over/Under: 133
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The Wyoming Cowboys and the Boise State Broncos meet in Mountain West conference college basketball action from the Taco Bell Arena on Sautrday afternoon.

The Wyoming Cowboys will look to build on a 59-46 win over San Jose State in their last outing. Justin James led the Cowboys with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 3 threes along with team-highs of 5 assists and 4 steals while Hunter Thompson added 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 4 threes as the only other Wyoming player to score in double figures in the winning effort. A.J. Banks added 4 assists and a pair of steals while Trace Young added 3 assists and a pair of steals as well in the victory. James leads Wyoming with an average of 20.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Wyoming is averaging 66.3 points per game on 41.3% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 71% from the foul line this season.

The Boise State Broncos will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 74-60 loss to Air Force in their last outing. Derrick Alston led the Broncos with 24 points on 7 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes while Zach Haney added 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a team-high 6 rebounds and 3 blocks as the only other Boise State player to score in double figures as well in the losing effort. Justinian Jessup was held to just 8 points but still leads Boise State with an average of 12.8 points and 2.4 assists per game while RJ Williams leads Boise State in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Boise State is averaging 70.4 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

Wyoming is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games overall while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 conference games. Boise State is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games against a team with a losing road record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a road winning percentage below .400 while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Wyoming is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Boise State.

Anyone who has followed me knows my thoughts about Wyoming, and those of you who haven’t, I simply don’t trust the Cowboys as I feel that it’s often Justin James or bust for Wyoming as the majority of the offense runs through the Cowboys’ leading scorer. Now laying this many points with a Boise State team that’s just 8-11 on the year is far from ideal, but the Broncos already beat Wyoming by 14 points on the road just after New Year’s Day and Wyoming has lost each of their 3 conference road games by at least 22 points, including back-to-back 30 point losses to New Mexico and San Diego State. I’m not sure that Boise State does the same here, but given the history here, I think laying the points is the only option other than leaving this game alone completely.

Boise State -15

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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