Friday college basketball odds: Utah State at San Jose State

It’s another very weak college basketball schedule this Friday, with the top team playing on the night likely being Utah State as it visits San Jose State for the final time as WAC members – both are off to the Mountain West next season. USU opened as a 4.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.

Utah State (16-5, 7-4) started 14-1, lost four in a row and since has won two straight. It won 68-46 at Seattle on Saturday. The 46 points scored by Seattle is a season-low for the USU defense and fewest points allowed since March 5, 2011. Seattle’s 31.0 field goal percentage and 10.0 three-point field goal percentage are also season-lows for the Aggie defense. Spencer Butterfield posted his fourth straight double-double w/ his 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Jarred Shaw posted 16 points for his third-straight double-digit game, on the heels of his career-high 27-point outing at Idaho on Thursday, posting his 16th game this season with double-digit points, and added seven rebounds and one block.

San Jose State lost 66-63 at Idaho on Saturday, its seventh straight loss. D.J. Brown had 18 points and Nick Grieves and Louis Garrett added 10 each for the Spartans (9-13, 3-8). Chris Cunningham had five points and 18 rebounds. James Kinney, who leads San Jose State with his 20.2 points per game, missed a seventh straight game due to a suspension for violating team rules.

Utah State beat SJSU 66-60 on Jan. 11 in Logan. Preston Medlin scored 25 points, going 6 of 12 from the field and made 11 of 11 free throws. However, Medlin has since been lost to a broken wrist suffered Jan. 17. Medlin is still ranked fourth in the WAC overall in scoring (16.3 ppg). He also is second in the conference overall for free throw percentage (.818). In three-point field goal percentage, Medlin is seventh (.393), as well as fourth in overall three-pointers made per game (2.06). Medlin also leads the conference in minutes played (36.06). Also lost in that game to injury, but for the season, was forward Kyisean Reed. He averaged 12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.

Friday’s matchup between the Aggies and Spartans is the sixth-oldest rivalry in USU history, meeting for the 72nd time this week. USU’s first game against SJSU was on Dec. 23, 1935 with the Aggies posting a 40-36 road win. Utah State owns a 50-21 all-time advantage, winning the last 11 overall match-ups, including the last four at San Jose. USU has won 31 of the last 35 games played in the series.

WagerWeb.com trends: Spartans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Spartans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Athletic. Spartans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. Spartans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games. Aggies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Aggies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win of more than 20 points. Road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

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