College Basketball Predictions: San Diego State Aztecs vs. Colorado State Rams

San Diego State Aztecs vs. Colorado State Rams
Wednesday, 1/1/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  San Diego State -4.5
Current Betting Line:  San Diego State -4.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The San Diego State Aztecs are 1-2 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons

The San Diego State Aztecs are 1-2 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons

San Diego State is focused on trying to put together its fifth win streak of 10 games or more in 93 seasons, while it has become the first NCAA Division I team to hold three consecutive opponents to less than 40 points since 2000.  The program has won its last six conference openers, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions Wednesday night.  This matchup is the first of three games in eight days in three different time zones for the roster.  San Diego State is 1-2 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Aztecs have five players averaging 9.0 points per game or more this season, with senior guard Xavier Thames leading the way at 15.6 a contest.  San Diego State has won six of its last eight games at Moby Arena, but have not won since 2011, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Defensively, the team ranks first nationally in allowing 52.6 points per game, while it’s holding foes to 33.9 percent shooting.

Colorado State hosts the final game of a 10-game homestand, as it holds a 37-34 SU all-time advantage in this series, including a 24-9 mark when playing in Fort Collins.  The Rams are a year removed from starting five seniors in 33 of 35 contests, but they’ve relied heavily on a trio juniors during the 2013-14 campaign.  Forward J.J. Avila leads that group in averaging 19.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.  Colorado State is 0-3 SUATS as underdogs this season.

Since the formation of the Mountain West, the Rams are 3-11 in conference openers.  Colorado State enters play this week ranked among the nation’s top teams in terms of turnovers per game, which has led to a +3.4 mark in that category.  The squad ranks seventh in the country in free-throws made this season, with the team scoring 292 points from the charity stripe.

Sports bettors will likely back the Aztecs due to their 36-17-2 ATS mark in their last 55 road games.

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