Aggies vs. Wolfpack Prediction
The sixth-ranked Nevada Wolfpack have continued their strong play from last March as they have won their first 13 games this season. Can Nevada stay unbeaten tonight with a home victory over the Utah State Aggies?
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Lawlor Events Center at 11PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Wolfpack are a 9.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 149.5 points. As of Wednesday afternoon, 68 percent of public bets are being placed on host Nevada. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Aggies roll past Eastern Oregon
Utah State improved to 10-3 on the season Friday night with an 84-57 home win over NAIA foe Eastern Oregon. The Aggies established a 45-20 halftime advantage en route to the win. Sam Merrill led the way with a game-best 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting including 4-of-7 from 3-point range plus 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Neemias Queta tallied 13 points plus seven rebounds. Justin Bean added 12 points and seven boards off the bench. Utah State shot 30-of-67 from the floor, 7-of-24 on 3-point attempts and 17-of-24 at the free throw line.
Wolfpack eases past Utes
Caleb Martin scored a career-best 33 points to help lead Nevada (13-0) to an 86-71 victory at Utah on Saturday. He shot 11-of-23 from the floor, 6-of-16 on 3-point tries and 5-of-8 at the free throw line. Martin also accounted for seven assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Jordan Caroline contributed 17 points, 12 boards and two blocks. Jazz Johnson added 12 points and two assists. The Wolfpack outscored the Utes 48-34 in the second half to pull away. Nevada shot 29-of-61 from the floor, 12-of-26 on 3-point attempts and 16-of-23 on free throws.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Aggies are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 road games after scoring 80 or more points the previous game. Utah State is 6-17 ATS in road games versus good offensive averaging 77 or more points the last three seasons.
The Wolfpack is 4-1 ATS against Utah State the last three seasons. Three of the five games have gone under the total the last three seasons.
Utah State has had a strong program history and has shown the ability to beat top-notch teams on any given night. Nevada hasn’t been tested often this season, but this one could very well stay close until the finish. Merrill can single-handedly keep a team in a game if he gets hot. I’m taking the Aggies to stay closer than oddsmakers project.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: UTAH STATE +9.5