Colorado State at Utah State: 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Colorado State at Utah State: 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Utah State Aggies (19-7) vs Colorado State Rams (18-5)

Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 12:00 am (Thomas & Mack Center)

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The Colorado State Rams and Utah State Aggies will square off at the Thomas & Mack Center in the Semifinals of the Mountain West Championship this Friday night.

The 3-seed Colorado State Rams (18-5) advanced to the Semifinals of the Mountain West Championship after defeating the 6-seed Fresno State Bulldogs, 72-62, on Thursday. Colorado State led by a 33-28 margin at halftime and was able to pull away late in the 2nd half after a 7-0 run gave the Rams a 69-59 lead with 1:25 left in regulation. Colorado State shot 52.0% from the field and 35.0% from beyond the arc while Fresno State shot 42.1% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc. Colorado State was outrebounded by Fresno State by a 33-32 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 13-10 margin. Leading the way for the Rams was David Roddy who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, & 1 assist.

On the season, Colorado State is averaging 75.7 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado State has been led by David Roddy (16.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.7 apg), Isaiah Stevens (15.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Kendle Moore (11.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), & Adam Thistlewood (9.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg).

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Defensively, Colorado State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The 2-seed Utah State Aggies (19-7) advanced to the Semifinals of the Mountain West Championship after defeating the 7-seed UNLV Rebels, 74-53, on Thursday night. Utah State struggled a bit in the 1st half and went into halftime tied at 24-all, however, the Aggies were outstanding on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and was able to pull away after taking a 57-41 lead with 7:52 left in regulation. Utah State shot 45.2% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc while UNLV shot 32.2% from the field and 27.3% from beyond the arc. Utah State outrebounded UNLV by a 45-32 margin and won the turnover battle by a 12-10 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was Neemias Queta who had a double-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, & 1 steal.

On the season, Utah State is averaging 74.3 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Utah State has been led by Neemias Queta (14.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg, 3.0 bpg), Justin Bean (11.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Marco Anthony (10.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), & Rollie Worster (9.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Utah State is holding their opponents to average 62.5 ppg on 39.3% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 10.7 and a turnover margin of 0.8.

The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, however, are just 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 Friday games. The Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win.

Utah State has been playing some solid basketball as of late, however, they certainly will have their hands full with an underrated Colorado State team that certainly has the talent to become the Mountain West Champions. Colorado State was able to split their regular season series at Utah State, which included an 84-76 win, and as I think the Rams offense, which ranks 72nd in scoring offense & 24th in FG%, will be able to have success tonight against the Aggies defense, I think the play here is to take the Rams and the points. Good Luck!

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