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Utah State vs. San Diego State - 3/16/19 Mountain West Championship College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego State at Utah State
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, NV
The Line
Utah State Aggies -6.5 -- O/U: 138
TV Channel
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The San Diego State Aztecs and the Utah State Aggies meet in the Mountain West conference championship game from the Thomas & Mack Center in college basketball action on Saturday night.

The San Diego State Aztecs will look to hoist the trophy in back-to-back seasons after advancing to the conference title game following a 65-56 win over Nevada in their semifinal matchup. Devin Watson led the Aztecs with 20 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 5 assists. Jalen McDaniels came 2nd with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double while Matt Mitchell added 11 points and Jeremy Hemsley contributed 10 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for San Diego State in the winning effort. McDaniels leads San Diego State in scoring and rebounding with 16.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while Watson leads the Aztecs in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, San Diego State is averaging 72.3 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 36.7% from behind the arc and 71.7% from the foul line this season.

The Utah State Aggies will look to lift the conference championship in their debut appearance after taking out Fresno State in the semifinals by a final score of 85-60. Sam Merrill led the Aggies with 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 5 assists while Diogo Brito added 20 points with 4 triples, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Abel Porter chipped in 11 points with 3 triples and Neemias Queta and Brock Miller each had 10 points with Queta adding a team-high 13 rebounds along with 4 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Utah State in the win. Merrill leads Utah State in scoring and assists with 21.1 points and 4.2 assists per game while Queta leads the Aggies in rebounding with 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Utah State is averaging 79.5 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 74.9% from the foul line this season.

San Diego State is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 21-7 ATS in their last 28 conference games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Utah State is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. San Diego State is 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.

Utah State going to town on Fresno State was impressive and I can definitely understand Utah State being favored here, considering that the Aggies won the last meeting by 16 points. However, San Diego State just held a very good Nevada team to just 56 points, and I think with so much being at stake here, the Aztecs won't want to go down without a fight, so with that said, given their success in this matchup in the past, I'll take a shot with San Diego State and the points here.

San Diego State +6.5

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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