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San Diego State vs. Fresno State - 3/6/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Fresno State at San Diego State
Date & Time Wednesday March 6, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Viejas Arena
San Diego, CA
The Line
San Diego State Aztecs -2 -- Over/Under: 138.5
TV Channel
CBSSN
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NCAA BB | Fresno State at San Diego State
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The Fresno State Bulldogs will travel to Viejas Arena to take on the San Diego State Aztecs this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Fresno State Bulldogs snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 20-8 (11-5 MW) on the season after defeating the Wyoming Cowboys, 71-60, this past Wednesday. Fresno State led by a 38-29 margin at halftime and had no trouble pulling away after taking a 59-43 lead with 6:07 left in regulation. Fresno State shot just 36.9% from the field, however, did outrebound Wyoming by a 41-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Braxton Huggins who had 30 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Fresno State is averaging 75.5 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fresno State has been led by Braxton Huggins (19.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Deshon Taylor (17.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Nate Grimes (11.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg), and Sam Bittner (7.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Fresno State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of 0.8.

The San Diego State Aztecs improved to 19-10 (11-5 MW) on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans, 84-56, this past Saturday. San Diego State dominated San Jose State on both ends of the court and easily pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 41-29 halftime lead. San Diego State shot 48.5% from the field while holding San Jose State to just 32.2% shooting from the field and 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Aztecs was Nathan Mensah who had a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, and a steal.

On the season, San Diego State is averaging 73.3 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Aztecs are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego State has been led by Jalen McDaniels (16.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Devin Watson (15.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.3 apg), Matt Mitchell (10.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Jeremy Hemsley (9.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, San Diego State is holding their opponents to an average 67.6 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Aztecs have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 0.6.

The Bulldogs are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss. The Aztecs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Fresno State has won 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 103rd in scoring offense, 60th in scoring defense, and 62nd in defensive FG%.

San Diego State has won 6 of their last 7 games and also have been solid on both ends of the court at the Aztecs come into this match-up ranked 158th in scoring offense, 73rd in scoring defense, and 45th in defensive FG%.

Fresno State was able to defeat San Diego State by a 66-62 margin at home earlier this season, however, going into Viejas Arena is a whole different challenge. San Diego State has been outstanding in conference play after a sluggish start to their season and recently showed their potential after dominated Nevada at home. Fresno State has a great duo in Braxton Huggins & Deshon Taylor, however, as the Aztecs defense has been outstanding at home in conference play this season, I think Jalen McDaniels and the Aztecs will be able to do enough to cover this small spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
San Diego State Aztecs -2

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