Utah State at Fresno State: 3/6/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Utah State at Fresno State: 3/6/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Fresno State Bulldogs (11-10) vs Utah State Aggies (17-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 11:00 pm (Save Mart Center)

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The Utah State Aggies will travel to the Save Mart Center to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Utah State Aggies won their 3rd straight game and improved to 17-7 on the season after defeating the Wyoming Cowboys, 72-59, this past Thursday. Utah State was solid on defensive end against Wyoming and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 64-50 lead with 7:19 left in regulation. Utah State shot 45.5% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc while Wyoming shot 37.5% from the field and 29.0% from beyond the arc. Utah State outrebounded Wyoming by a 42-33 margin and won the turnover battle by a 12-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was Neemias Queta who had a double-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 blocks, & 1 steal.

On the season, Utah State is averaging 75.1 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah State has been led by Neemias Queta (14.8 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 spg, 3.0 bpg), Justin Bean (11.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Marco Anthony (10.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg), & Rollie Worster (9.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg).

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Defensively, Utah State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.4 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 10.8 and a turnover margin of 0.8.

The Fresno State Bulldogs improved to 11-10 on the season after upsetting the Boise State Broncos, 67-64, this past Tuesday. Fresno State led by a 35-29 margin at halftime and was able to secure the upset victory after closing out the final 5:01 left of regulation on a 13-1 run. Fresno State shot 38.3% from the field and 43.5% from beyond the arc while Boise State shot 37.7% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc. Fresno State was outrebounded by Boise State by a 36-33 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 12-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Deon Stroud who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 block.

On the season, Fresno State is averaging 66.3 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 32.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fresno State has been led by Orlando Robinson (14.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Deon Stroud (12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Isaiah Hill (9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg), & Junior Ballard (6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg).

Defensively, Fresno State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Aggies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win. The Bulldogs are 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Fresno State was able to pick up a great upset victory, handing Boise State their first loss at home on the season, however, this is the same Bulldogs team that can really struggle to score the basketball as they come into this game ranked just 278th in scoring offense & 248th in FG%. Utah State got off to a slow start to their season, however, the Aggies have been solid on conference play and between the fact that I think their defense, which ranks 29th in scoring defense & 22nd in defensive FG%, will give Fresno State trouble and that the Aggies already defeated the Bulldogs on the road by a 69-53 margin, I am taking Utah State to cover this large road spread. Good Luck!

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