NCAA hoops odds preview - Nicholls State vs. UC Davis
Nicholls State Colonels vs UC Davis Aggies Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Nicholls State Colonels travelling to UC Davis Saturday to take on the Aggies.
The game is being played at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
The Aggies sport records of 3-7 and 6-4 ATS heading into this battle, while the Colonels have 1-7 and 1-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-5 for the Aggies and 1-1 for the Colonels.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Aggies at No. 233 and the Colonels at No. 337 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 69-58 result in favor of the Aggies.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UC Davis's No. 90-ranked scoring average of 72.5 PPG, against a Colonels defense rated No. 322 and allowing 75.6 PPG. The Aggies FG% has averaged 46.3% to date this season, more than the Colonels shooters have managed so far (42.5% per game).
Defensively, Nicholls State features the nation's No. 274-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.8 points per game. UC Davis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 84 nationally in scoring at home.
Nicholls State was a 65-53 loser in their most recent outing at home against Southern Illinois. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs. Nicholls State suffered a 65-53 loss against Southern Illinois on Friday, getting 14 points from Fred Hunter in a losing effort at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Last time out for UC Davis, they were a 73-61 loser as they battled Utah State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point underdog. Ryan Sypkens scored 12 points in a futile effort to lead the Aggies to a win (they lost 73-61 to Utah State at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Friday).
UC Davis Aggies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-6
Before playing UC Irvine are 4-6
After playing Utah State are 1-0
After a loss are 4-6
A few Colonels at Aggies trends to consider:
UC Davis is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
Nicholls State at Nebraska, Saturday, December 29
UC Davis at UC Irvine, Saturday, December 29