The Boise State Broncos (16-8, 8-4 MWC) head to Utah State to take on the Aggies (18-7, 7-5 MWC) in a matchup that pits great offense against tremendous defense. The game starts at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020, and will air on CBS Sports Network.
Boise State Broncos vs. Utah State Aggies Free Prediction
The last time the Broncos played, they defeated the Wyoming Cowboys, 67-62. Boise State’s 22.6 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest advantage over Wyoming, who had a mark of 13.8. The Broncos’ mark was below their season average of 24.2, while the Cowboys’ was below the 21.5 mark opponents have averaged against Boise State this season. With 24 points on 10-for-15 shooting, Alex Hobbs was the top scorer from either team.
The Aggies were victorious over the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in their last game, 69-54. The Aggies made 15 of their 20 free throws (75.0 percent) and held the Runnin’ Rebels to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.2 (below their season average of 36.7). Neemias Queta was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. Justin Bean recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds in the first game, in which the Aggies lost 88-83. The Broncos knocked down 27 of their 34 free throws (79.4 percent) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.545 vs. 0.460).
This contest figures to be a shootout as a pair of the nation’s best offenses go head-to-head. Utah State ranks 27th with 111.0 points per 100 possessions and Boise State is 50th (109.3). Furthermore, put-back points could be tough to come by for the Broncos. They rank 299th in the NCAA in offensive rebounding percentage at 24.1 percent, while the Aggies are ninth-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 78.2 percent).
Boise State Broncos at Utah State Aggies Free Pick
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Utah State ranks 18th in rebounds per game (40.3) while Boise State ranks 205th (34.3).
The Aggies rank 11th in assists per game (16.7) while the Broncos rank 144th (13.1).
Boise State averages 24.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 74th in the nation. Utah State ranks 199th in three pointers allowed per game (23.4).
The Broncos rank 22nd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while the Aggies rank 103rd (3.4).
The Broncos’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.2, up from 8.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Aggies have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (6.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 57.4 points per game (6.6 below their season average).