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Wyoming Cowboys face Utah State Aggies: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Wyoming CowboysUtah State Aggies
17-12March 05, 2014, 10:05 | Dee Glen Smith Spectrum16-13

The Utah State Aggies will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Wyoming Cowboys at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in NCAA basketball action.

The Cowboys will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 14-10-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Aggies are 15-11-1 ATS. Wyoming is 14-12 on the totals; Utah State is 15-12.

View Wyoming Cowboys vs Utah State Aggies Odds and Stats.

The Aggies were listed as -8.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 219-rated Wyoming taking on the No. 163-rated Aggies in this contest.

Wyoming lost its last outing, a 72-63 result against Boise State on March 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog. Wyoming got 29 points from Josh Adams on the way to a 72-63 loss against Boise State on Saturday at Arena-Auditorium.

Utah State won its last outing, a 75-58 result against San Jose State on March 1. They covered in that game as a 9-point favorite. The Aggies grabbed a 75-58 win over the Spartans on Saturday, behind a 22-point effort from Spencer Butterfield at The Event Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Utah State has the nation's No. 156-rated offensive output, at 70.28 PPG. The visiting Cowboys defense ranks No. 13 allowing on average 60.86 PPG. The Aggies FG% has averaged 45.85% so far, less than the Cowboys marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.25% per game.

A few Cowboys at Aggies trends to consider:
Wyoming is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wyoming's last 6 games
Wyoming is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Wyoming's last 8 games on the road
Utah State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Utah State's last 11 games
Utah State is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Utah State is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next up:
Wyoming home to Colorado State, Saturday, March 8th