The Utah State Aggies (2-2) will travel to Memorial Coliseum to challenge the Portland State Vikings (2-0) in their home opener. Utah State is a 3.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 154.5 points. Action begins at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017.
Utah State Aggies at Portland State Vikings ATS Preview
The Aggies were beaten by the No. 17 Gonzaga Bulldogs in their last game, 79-66. With 19 points on 7-for-15 shooting, Sam Merrill was Utah States leading scorer. Gonzaga had a turnover percentage of 4.0 (better than their season average of 14.4). Utah State, meanwhile, was lights out from beyond the arc (11-27; 40.7 percent).
In the Vikings last matchup, they beat the UC Riverside Highlanders, 94-82. With 20 points on 8-for-17 shooting, Bryce Canda was the games high scorer. Portland State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.1 and a turnover percentage of 21.5. For those same stats, UC Riverside recorded marks of 23.7 and 23.4, respectively.
It will be a showdown of contrasting paces as the up-and-down Vikings will look to push the more methodical Aggies. Since last season, the Vikings rank seventh in possessions per game while the Aggies are 256th.
The Aggies have had records of 16-19 straight up (SU) and 13-16-1 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total high when Utah State is involved since last season as 60.0 percent of their games have finished under the projected point total.
On the other hand, the Vikings, are 17-16 SU and 14-12-2 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total low when Portland State has been involved over that same period as 64.3 percent of their games have finished over the projected point total.
Utah State Aggies at Portland State Vikings Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Utah State, ATS Winner – Utah State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Vikings rank 103rd in three pointers attempted per game (22.7) while the Aggies rank 205th in three pointers allowed per game (22.0).
- Portland State ranks fourth in steals per game (9.8) while Utah State ranks 258th (4.9).
- The Aggies average 14.8 assists per game, which ranks 90th in the nation. The Vikings rank 304th in assists allowed per game (16.4).
- Utah State ranks 128th in rebounds allowed per game (34.5) while Portland State ranks 268th (38.0).