Colorado State Rams at Air Force Falcons Betting Prediction 01/18/20

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The Colorado State Rams (12-7, 3-3 MWC) will be at Clune Arena to square off with the Air Force Falcons (9-9, 3-3 MWC) in a MWC matchup. The game gets underway at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Colorado State Rams vs. Air Force Falcons Betting Odds

Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Falcons defeated the Boise State Broncos 85-78, while the Rams easily got past the New Mexico Lobos 105-72.

Colorado State played a flawless game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 34.6 (above their season average of 25.2) and a free throw rate of 0.156 (below their season average of 0.263). New Mexico had marks of 18.2 and 0.102, respectively, for those same stats. The Falcons, meanwhile, knocked down 26 of their 30 free throws (86.7 percent) and had a turnover percentage of 10.6 (better than their season average of 16.4). Air Force’s Lavelle Scottie had a solid performance, contributing 21 points and five rebounds. Colorado State was led by Nico Carvacho, who finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

The Rams dominated this series last year, winning both games. In the last game, Colorado State won 85-53. The Rams’ offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over the Falcons. Colorado State had a rate of 26.1, while Air Force posted a mark of 13.5. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

The Rams’ David Roddy has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 18 points,8.4 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Ryan Swan has averaged 22 points,6.2 rebounds,1.2 steals during that same time frame for the Falcons.

Second-chance points might be hard to come by for Air Force in this showdown. The Falcons are among the NCAA’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 323rd in offensive rebounding percentage at 22.7 percent. Meanwhile, Colorado State ranks 28th in the country at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 76.8 percent. Also, the Rams’ 40th-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.537) will battle against the Falcons’ 337th-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.549).

Colorado State vs. Air Force ATS Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Air Force, ATS Winner – Colorado State, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Colorado State averages 16.0 assists per game, which ranks 28th in the country. Air Force ranks 189th in assists allowed per game (14.0).
  • The Rams allow the 24th-fewest blocks per game (2.5) while the Falcons rank 45th (2.8).
  • The Rams rank 145th in rebounds per game (35.9) while the Falcons rank 258th (31.9).
  • Colorado State ranks 143rd in three pointers attempted per game (21.9) while Air Force ranks 249th in three pointers allowed per game (26.3).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Rams’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 14.8, up from 4.1 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Falcons have scored an average of 81.2 points per game (3.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.8 points per game (2.0 below their season average).