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Colorado State Rams vs Utah State Aggies Betting Preview: Aggies Look To Stay Hot

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The Utah State Aggies continue their drive for a third straight Mountain West Conference tournament title when they take on the Colorado State Rams in the semifinals on Friday in Las Vegas. The second-seeded Aggies defeated San Diego State in the last two tournament championship games and could take on the Aztecs again with a win in this one.

Third-seeded Colorado State hasn’t made it to the semifinals of the tournament since 2017, when it advanced to the championship game before falling to Nevada. The Rams (18-5) have won six of their last seven, though the team had to deal with a three-week shutdown in the middle of that span.

Colorado State Rams vs. Utah State Aggies Betting Preview
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Colorado State advanced with a win over Fresno State in Thursday’s quarterfinal round, while Utah State (19-7) got this far thanks to a rout of UNLV on Thursday. These two teams split their season series, played on Jan. 19 and 21 in Utah.

A glance at the college basketball odds for this game shows the Aggies as 5-point favorites, with the over/under set at 138½.

Top Heavy

The Rams aren’t a very deep team, which could hurt them in the late going in this one — and potentially in the championship game if they reach it. Four players are averaging 29 or more minutes this season, and they account for much of the team’s scoring production as well.

Leading the way is sophomore swingman David Roddy, who is averaging 16.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Roddy is shooting 52.7% from the field on the season, and he ranked in the top six of the conference in all three categories.

Sophomore guard Isaiah Stevens led the scoring attack in the quarterfinal win over Fresno State, finishing with 16 points. Stevens is second on the Rams in scoring at 15.1 points per game while dishing out 5.5 assists per game, good for second in the Mountain West. He’s also third in the league in minutes per game, averaging 34.9, and shooting 42.6% from 3-point range.

Junior guard Kendle Moore and junior forward Adam Thistlewood are tied for the team lead with 43 3-pointers apiece. Moore averages 11.0 points per game, while Thistlewood is adding 9.9 points per game.

Continuing Dominance?

The Aggies would like to keep their string of Mountain West Conference tournament titles going, and they’d also like to continue their dominance of Colorado State. Although the two teams split their two meetings so far this season, Utah State has won six of the last seven.

Junior center Neemias Queta leads a balanced Aggies offense, which features five players averaging between 9.0 and 14.8 points per game. The 7-footer is averaging 14.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, ranking fifth in the nation in the last stat. Queta is hitting 56% of his field-goal attempts.

Junior forward Justin Bean is solid inside as well, averaging 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 51.5% from the floor. Junior guard Marco Anthony is the third double-figure scorer, averaging 10.2 points, while freshman guard Rollie Worster is chipping in 9.4 points and a team-best 3.6 assists per contest.

Utah State is atop many statistical categories in the conference, leading the Mountain West in blocked shots (4.65), assists (16.54) and rebounds (40.7) per game.

Significant For Both

The latest Bracketology on ESPN has the Rams and Aggies both among the “Last Four In” category, so this game may be for their tournament lives. A loss certainly won’t help either club’s chances of making the Big Dance.

Utah State has the experience of being in this position and certainly has some momentum coming into this game. But the Rams know they’ve beaten the Aggies once this season, so they won’t be intimidated.

In the end, though, the Aggies’ experience will pay off. When making your college basketball picks, take Utah State to win and cover to advance.

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