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Wyoming vs. Utah State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Utah State at Wyoming
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Arena-Auditorium
Laramie, Wyoming
The Line
The Line: Wyoming +13.5 -- Over/Under: 142
TV Channel
ROOT Sports
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The Utah State Aggies and Wyoming Cowboys meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Arena-Auditorium.

The Utah State Aggies look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Utah State Aggies are averaging 78.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 37 percent shooting. Sam Merrill is averaging 19.1 points and 4.1 assists while Neemias Queta is averaging 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds. Dwayne Brown Jr. is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Quinn Taylor is dishing two assists. The Utah State Aggies are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Utah State Aggies are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Utah State Aggies have lost three of their last five road games.

The Wyoming Cowboys could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Wyoming Cowboys are averaging 68.3 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 76.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Justin James is averaging 20.7 points and 9.3 rebounds while Hunter Maldonado is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Hunter Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Jake Hendricks is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Wyoming Cowboys are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Wyoming Cowboys are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Wyoming Cowboys have lost four of their last six home games.

The Aggies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cowboys are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Aggies are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Wyoming. The under is 4-1 in Cowboys last 5 overall. The under is 20-8-2 in Aggies last 30 road games.

The Wyoming Cowboys haven't had a good season to put it nicely, as that offense struggles to score consistently and they're shooting just 35.9 percent from the field in their last five games. It's been awful and Wyoming isn't covering numbers, which makes it even worse. However, the Utah State Aggies haven't lit anyones world on fire this season either, and they've lost six of the last eight meetings against Wyoming. The Utah State Aggies have done a fine job of beating up on the teams they're supposed to beat up on, but they're inconsistent overall and not a club I'm looking to lay big numbers with on the road. I'll take the free buckets based on the history of this conference clash.

Pick:
Wyoming Cowboys +13.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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