The Colorado State Rams will travel to the Save Mart Center to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Colorado State Rams lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 5-9 (0-1 MW) on the season after being defeated by the UNLV Rebels, 78-76, this past Wednesday. Colorado State held a 43-36 lead at halftime and a 71-62 lead with 5:32 left in regulation, however, struggled on both ends of the court down the stretch and allowed UNLV to get the come from behind victory after the Rebels Cheikh Mbacke Diong made the game winning lay-up with just :01 second left in regulation. Colorado State lost despite holding UNLV to just 33.8% shooting from the field & 23.5% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Rams was Nico Carvacho who had a double-double with 28 points, 20 rebounds, and 4 assists.
On the season, Colorado State is averaging 75.2 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado State has been led by Jeremiah Paige (16.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), Nico Carvacho (14.9 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 1.6 apg), Anthony Bonner (12.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Kendle Moore (9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Colorado State is allowing their opponents to average 77.3 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of -1.4.
The Fresno State Bulldogs improved to 10-3 (1-0 MW) on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans, 73-53, this past Wednesday. Fresno State was outstanding on both ends of the court in the 1st half and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 47-25 halftime lead. Fresno State shot 51.9% from the field while holding the Spartans to just 35.3% shooting from the field & 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Nate Grimes who had a double-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, and a steal.
On the season, Fresno State is averaging 79.5 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fresno State has been led by Braxton Huggins (18.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Deshon Taylor (17.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.7 spg), New Williams (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg), and Nate Grimes (11.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.8 bpg).
Defensively, Fresno State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of 2.2.
The Rams are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games, however, are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 31-9 ATS in their last 40 games following an ATS win.
Colorado State has an outstanding player in Nico Carvacho, however, the Rams have lost 8 of their last 9 games and currently rank just 290th in scoring defense & 213th in defensive FG%. Fresno State have won 8 of their last 9 games and have been solid on both ends of the court this season as they rank 66th in scoring offense & 55th in scoring defense. The Bulldogs just got their best player back in Deshon Taylor and as they the Bulldogs are 7-1 at home, I think Fresno State does enough to cover this double-digit spread.