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Wyoming vs. Colorado State - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado State at Wyoming
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Arena-Auditorium
Laramie, WY
The Line
Colorado State Rams -5.5 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
ATTSN
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The Colorado State Rams and the Wyoming Cowboys meet in Mountain West conference college basketball action from the Wyoming Arena Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.

The Colorado State Rams will look for some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following a 98-82 loss to Nevada in their last outing. Nico Carvacho led the Rams with 24 points on 11 of 15 shooting along with 17 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double. J.D. Paige added 13 points with a share of the team lead with 4 assists while Adam Thistlewood and Anthony Masinton-Bonner each had 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Colorado State in the loss. Kendle Moore and Hyron Edwards each had 4 assists as well with Edwards adding 8 points in the losing effort. Carvacho leads the Rams by averaging a double-double per game with 15.8 points and 12.9 rebounds per game while Moore leads the Rams in assists with 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Colorado State is averaging 75.6 points per game on 47.5% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the 3-point line and 70% from the foul line this season.

The Wyoming Cowboys will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak following an 81-76 loss to Air Force last time out. Justin James flirted with a triple-double, putting up 22 points on 7 of 17 shooting with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 9 assists while Jake Hendricks added 7 threes for his 21 points and Trace Young added 15 points with a pair of steals to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Wyoming in the loss. James leads the Cowboys with an average of 20 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Wyoming is averaging 65.9 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 71.8% from the foul line this season.

Colorado State is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 21-10 in their last 31 conference games. Wyoming is 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall and 12-37-3 ATS in their last 52 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 conference games. The road team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Anyone who has followed me this season knows that I fade Wyoming whenever I get the chance as it pays off more often than it doesn’t and I feel that the Cowboys rely too heavily on Justin James to get the job done. Colorado State hasn’t been overly consistent, but the Rams have been racking up covers left and right both overall and on the road, and in this line of work, that’s all you really care about. Add in the fact that the road team has enjoyed most of the success when these two meet, and I think you have to lay the points with Colorado State even on the road.

Pick:
Colorado State -5.5

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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