Check out our free Utah State vs Boise State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Boise. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Utah State vs Boise State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Aggies vs Broncos Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Utah State Aggies at Boise State Broncos
- Where: Boise at ExtraMile Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Utah State +2, UTAHST +110 | BOISE -136 O/U 139.0
The Utah State Aggies head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 13-2. So far, the Aggies have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 5-0. When looking at the betting lines, Utah State will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +2 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 5-8 as the betting underdog.
Utah State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Steven Ashworth who is averaging 16.93 points per game for the Aggies. Ashworth is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Aggies’ offensive game plan is the play of Taylor Funk who has hit 42.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.57 points per game.
On offense, Utah State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.5 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 34.3% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 40.13% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Through 15 games, the Boise State Broncos have an overall record of 11-4. Currently, the Broncos have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. The Broncos’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, Boise State has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3.
Tyson Degenhart comes into today’s game as the Broncos’ leading scorer at 13.0 points per contest. Not only has Degenhart been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Boise State’s top rebounder at 5.33 boards per contest. Behind Degenhart, the team has benefited from the strong play of Max Rice, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.73 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.3% of his shots and is adding 4.67 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Boise State this season, as they are currently ranked 279th in college basketball at 68.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Broncos’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.8%, placing them 192nd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Boise State Broncos -2
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Boise State Broncos to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2 point betting favorites. Although Boise State as a team is just 154th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Aggies’ defense. In addition, the Broncos have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 6-3-1 (last 10). At -2 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Broncos to come out on top and cover.