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Fresno State vs. Utah State - 2/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah State at Fresno State
Date & Time Tuesday February 5, 2019, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
Save Mart Center
Fresno, CA
The Line
Fresno State Bulldogs +1 -- Over/Under: 141.5
TV Channel
AT&T Sportsnet; AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mtn.; AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest; ROOT Sports; Mountain West Network
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The Utah State Aggies will travel to the Save Mart Center to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Utah State Aggies won their 6th straight game and improved to 17-5 (7-2 MW) on the season after defeating the UNLV Rebels, 82-65, this past Saturday. Utah State dominated UNLV on both ends of the court in the 1st half and had not trouble securing the victory after taking a 48-28 halftime lead. Utah State shot 49.2% from the field and outrebounded UNLV by a 44-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was Sam Merrill who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Utah State is averaging 79.7 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah State has been led by Sam Merrill (19.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Neemias Queta (10.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.5 bpg), Brock Miller (8.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Quinn Taylor (8.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.5 apg).

Defensively, Utah State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 38.2% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 10.0 and are averaging 6.9 steals per game.

The Fresno State Bulldogs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-5 (7-2 MW) on the season after defeating the New Mexico Lobos, 82-70, this past Saturday. Fresno State was outstanding defensively agianst the Lobos and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 72-58 lead with 4:18 left in regulation. Fresno State held New Mexico to just 31.9% shooting from the field and 21.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Nate Grimes who had a double-double with 19 points, 19 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Fresno State is averaging 76.4 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 37.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fresno State has been led by Braxton Huggins (17.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Deshon Taylor (16.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Nate Grimes (12.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg), and Noah Blackwell (8.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Fresno State is holding their opponents to average 66.2 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Aggies are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Bulldogs are 31-12 ATS in their last 43 games following an ATS win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games.

Utah State has won 8 of their last 10 games and has been solid on both ends of the court as the Aggies rank 41st in scoring offense, 44th in scoring defense, and 5th in defensive FG%.

Fresno State has won 4 of their last 5 games and currently rank 102nd in scoring offense, 50th in scoring defense, and 55th in defensive FG%.

This should be a solid game as both Utah State & Fresno State are two of the better teams that could give Nevada a run for their money in the Mountain West. Fresno State was able to defeat Utah State in a close 78-77 game on the road earlier this season and as I think the Bulldogs and their offense will be able to do some damage at home in this one, I’m taking Fresno State and the point. Good Luck!

Pick:
Fresno State Bulldogs +1

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