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#749 Fresno State -5.5 vs.
#750 Wyoming 118
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:00pm EST
Written by Sean Jackson



#749 California State University, Fresno
#750 University of Wyoming


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Saturday's Mountain West showdown features two teams who have struggled in conference play. Fresno State is 1-5 so far. The Bulldogs have struggled on the road where they've gone 1-7 SU in their last eight games. So, to win on Saturday, they'll have to break multiple tendencies when they travel to Wyoming.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys are winless in conference play, going 0-6 so far. They have also been less than stellar at home where they lost six of their last seven games.

Saturday's contest takes place at the Arena-Auditorium with tip-off slated for 6 p.m. EST.

Can Fresno State's offense have a big performance?

The Bulldogs' offense struggles on the road where they average 63 points per game on 38% shooting. Their perimeter game isn't much of a threat, as they make only 26% of their three-point shots. Combined, this places them 151st nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom.

On Saturday, they could break out of these inefficiencies. They're playing a Wyoming defense that holds opponents to 67 points per game and 43% shooting, placing them 167th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency.

Because of this, there are opportunities for points for the Bulldogs. To take full advantage, Orlando Robinson has to have a big game. He's been on scoring surge as of late, where he's scored at least 16 points in his last three games, so he could be in for a huge night.

Will Wyoming's offense find its momentum?

Home court hasn't been too kind to the Cowboys on the offensive end. Wyoming averages only 63 points per game on 42% shooting, making them one of the least efficient offenses nationally.

On Saturday, they could have an opportunity to snap out of this scoring funk against Fresno State. The Bulldogs surrender 67 points per game on 40% shooting. So, for the Cowboys to win, they must be opportunistic in their approach.

On this front, the player to watch is Hunter Maldonado. He averages 18 points per game on 43% shooting. Given he's the only player on the team to average in double digits for scoring, he must have a good performance or else the Cowboys won't keep pace.

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I like the Bulldogs to win this one for several reasons. The first has nothing to do with them and everything to do with Wyoming's scoring inconsistencies. The Cowboys average only 63 points on their home court and have only one player who scores in double digits consistently. And Fresno State's defense is no slouch, as they hold opponents to 67 points per game on 40% shooting. With these factors in mind, I'm more confident in the Bulldogs' ability to make shots when it matters, so I'm taking them to win.

Prediction: Fresno State

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This will be a defensive slugfest as neither team has the most potent offense. The Cowboys struggle to score points at home and they're facing a pretty good Fresno State defense. Moreover, the Bulldogs are not necessarily the Harlem Globetrotters offensively, as they average only 63 points per game on the road. Because of both team's offense inconsistencies, I look for this to be a lower scoring game, so take the Under in this one.

Prediction: Under

Written By Sean Jackson

Sean Jackson is a freelance writer based out of Fort Myers. Prior to joining our team here at StatSalt and Winners & Whiner, Sean was a national college football columnist with the Score. We are very glad to have Sean as a part of our team as he is a solid and confident handicapper. Let Sean win for you.