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

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

San Diego State Aztecs (22-4) vs Utah State Aggies (20-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)

Betting Odds: San Diego State Aztecs -2 -- Over/Under: 128.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah State Aggies and 19th ranked San Diego State Aztecs will square off at the Thomas & Mack Center in the Mountain West Championship this Saturday night.

The 2-seed Utah State Aggies (20-7) was able to advance to the Mountain West Championship after defeating the 3-seed Colorado State Rams, 62-50, on Friday. Utah State was lights out on the defensive end against Colorado State and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after taking a 53-37 lead with 11:09 left in regulation. Utah State shot 36.1% from the field and 28.0% from beyond the arc while Colorado State shot 25.4% from the field and 15.8% from beyond the arc. Utah State lost the turnover battle by a 12-6 margin, however, won the rebounding battle by a 50-43 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was Neemias Queta who had a double-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds, & 9 blocks.

On the season, Utah State is averaging 73.9 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 33.9% 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), 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).

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Defensively, Utah State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.0 ppg on 38.7% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 10.6 and a turnover margin of 0.5.

The San Diego State Aztecs (22-4) was able to advance to the Mountain West Championship after defeating the 5-seed Nevada Wolf Pack, 77-70, on Friday. San Diego State was solid defensively against Nevada and had a comfortable lead throughout the 2nd half after taking a 60-47 lead with 10:36 left in the 2nd half. San Diego State shot 45.3% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc while Nevada shot 35.8% from the field and 23.8% from beyond the arc. San Diego State was outrebounded by Nevada by a 37-36 margin, however, the Aztecs did win the turnover battle by a 14-9 margin. Leading the way for the Aztecs was Matt Mitchell who had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, & 1 steal.

On the season, San Diego State is averaging 74.3 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Aztecs are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 38.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego State has been led by Matt Mitchell (15.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Jordan Schakel (14.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Terrell Gomez (8.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), & Nathan Mensah (8.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.4 bpg).

Defensively, San Diego State is holding their opponents to an average of 60.7 ppg on 38.7% shooting from the field. The Aztecs have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 3.7.

The Aggies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win. The Aztecs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.

This should be a fun game to watch if you like a defensive battle as both teams come into this game in the top-15 of all College Basketball in both scoring defense & defensive FG%. Utah State matches up well with San Diego State as they showed in their 2-game sweep of San Diego State at home earlier this season and as I expect this to be a low-scoring tight game, I think I am going to want to have the few points at the end of the game. Take Utah State and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Utah State Aggies +2

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