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NCAAB Game Preview - Bulldogs underdogs vs Aggies at Utah State

Fresno State BulldogsUtah State Aggies
Jan 5, 9:05 PM | Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

Fresno State Bulldogs vs Utah State Aggies Odds


Utah State will look to improve on its 8-6 record on Thursday when they host Fresno State in NCAAB odds action at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

The Bulldogs will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 9-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Aggies are 6-4 ATS. Fresno State is 5-8 against the total, while Utah State is 7-3 versus the number.

View Fresno State vs Utah State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Utah State sat as 8-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Aggies sit at No. 121 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 233 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Aggies will win this game 70-67.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Utah State's No. 197-ranked scoring average of 67.5 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense rated No. 131 and allowing 65.2 PPG. The Aggies FG% has averaged 46.7% to date this season, more than the Bulldogs shooters have managed so far (42.6% per game).

Defensively, Fresno State features the nation's No. 161-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.4 points per game. Utah State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 222 nationally in scoring at home.

Fresno State was a 72-59 winner in their most recent outing at home against Boise State. They covered the 2–point spread as underdogs. Fresno State earned a 72-59 victory over Boise State on Monday, getting 18 points from Steven Shepp at Save Mart Center.

Last time out for Utah State, they were a 66-64 loser as they battled Mississippi State on the road. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point underdog. The Aggies got 15 points from Preston Medlin, but it was Mississippi State that prevailed in a 66-64 final on Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.

Fresno State Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Idaho are 4-6
After playing Boise State are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Utah State Aggies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Nevada are 9-1
After a loss are 8-2

A few Bulldogs at Aggies trends to consider:
Fresno State is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah State
Fresno State is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Fresno State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah State
Utah State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Utah State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Fresno State
Utah State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Fresno State
Utah State is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Fresno State

Next up:
Fresno State at Idaho, Saturday, January 7
Utah State home to Nevada, Saturday, January 7