ATS HOOPS Overall – CBB: 25-23 NBA: 71-75
UTAH STATE AGGIES (-3.5) @ SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS
While investing on a squad two days after returning from Hawaii is usually a no-no, the (18-8, 8-3) senior-laden Aggies have lost two straight and have dropped from 1st to 3rd in the WAC Standings. Tonight, they’ll look to get back on track against the (11-13, 3-8) Spartans who have looked terrible the last month with their only victories coming at home against (11-15, 4-8) Fresno St, (8-17) Cal St. Bakersfield, & (4-20, 1-11) Louisiana Tech. The major reason for their terrible 2nd-half has been an injury/sickness to leading scorer Fr. G Justin Graham, who returned to action Saturday but still looked awful (33 min. 2-7 FGs & 4 pts). As for Utah St., Senior Jaycee Carroll might be one of the best shooters in the country (22 ppg, 53-fg%, 92-ft%, 52-3pt), while his teammates...
As for Utah St., Senior Jaycee Carroll might be one of the best shooters in the country (22 ppg, 53-fg%, 92-ft%, 52-3pt), while his teammates have been equally as efficient as they are one of the few teams shooting over 50% for the season. Tired legs and all, I look for a focused Aggie squad to roll against the overmatched Spartans…Utah St. by 7-11 points
RIDER BRONCS @ LOYOLA (MD) GREYHOUNDS (-2)
The Greyhounds only trail the MAAC leading Broncs by one game and are coming off an emotional road-victory against then-1st place Siena in OT. Tonight, they return home to face a Rider squad in the midst of 2-game losing streak, including a 12-point loss Saturday to sub-.500 Fairfield. The Broncs offense is basically a one-man show with 6-11 Jason Thompson (20 ppg, 12 rpg), but recently, teams have attacked him early and put him in foul trouble. Tonight, look for the Greyhounds to do the same with their size and experience up-front, while 6-4 Sr. G Gerald Brown (19 ppg & 5 rpg) will attack from the perimeter (averaging 10 FT attempts over his last 4 conference games). Overall, the Greyhounds look to be peaking at the right time, while Jason Thompson and Broncs look to be tiring…Loyola (MD) by 5-9 points
TEXAS A&M AGGIES @ TEXAS LONGHORNS (-4.5)
Since the embarrassing loss to Texas A&M in late January, the Longhorns have won 6-straight, including an awesome performance against KU last week. The most amazing aspect of Texas’s last three victories is that they’ve come with D.J. Augustine (19 ppg & 6 apg) in the midst of a horrendous shooting slump (8-47). Tonight, I expect the nation’s top PG to find the magic at home and carry the Longhorns to an easier victory than expected. As for the Aggies, they looked awful at home Saturday in a 5-point loss to (13-12, 4-7) Oklahoma St. and were dominated on the glass…which does not bode well against the recently glass-happy Horns. Especially with a 1st year headmaster, I think it’ll be tough for the Aggies to regain their confidence on the road in Austin, TX…Longhorns by 8-12 points