MWC foes will battle when the Fresno State Bulldogs (9-16, 5-9 MWC) square off with the Utah State Aggies (20-7, 9-5 MWC) at the Save Mart Center. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
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In the Aggies’ last contest, they barely escaped the Colorado State Rams, 75-72. Sam Merrill was the top scorer from either team with 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting. The Aggies had a turnover percentage of 11.1 (better than their season average of 15.3) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.3 vs. 25.8).
The Bulldogs come in on a high note after topping the San Jose State Spartans in their last contest, 84-78. Fresno State received a boost from Niven Hart, who was the game’s high scorer with 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting. The Bulldogs had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 42.0 (above their season average of 30.6) and held the Spartans to an effective field goal percentage of 0.400 (below their season average of 0.463).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Aggies won 77-70. The Aggies dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.517 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.8. For those same stats, the Bulldogs had marks of 0.191 and 15.9, respectively. Justin Bean recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The offense of Fresno State will square off against the top-notch defense of Utah State. The Bulldogs currently rank 150th in offensive efficiency, while the Aggies are 27th in defensive efficiency. The Aggies figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
Utah State at Fresno State Odds Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Utah State, ATS Winner – Utah State, O/U – Over
The Bulldogs rank 37th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while the Aggies rank 107th (3.3).
Fresno State averages 27.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 24th in the country. Utah State ranks 216th in three pointers allowed per game (23.6).
The Aggies rank 13th in assists per game (16.5) while the Bulldogs rank 192nd (12.2).
Utah State averages 40.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 14th in the nation. Fresno State ranks 118th in rebounds allowed per game (34.2).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.2, up from 0.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Aggies have scored an average of 70.0 points per game (6.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.4 points per game (1.7 below their season average).