The Fresno State Bulldogs will head on the road to take on the Air Force Falcons in an MWC battle Tuesday night from the Clune Arena. The Bulldogs were crushed 87-53 by Boise State in their previous action, and the Falcons dropped a 90-81 road decision to San Jose State on Saturday. Each team earned one win in last year’s season series.
Fresno State Charged with Worst Loss of Season
The Fresno State Bulldogs find themselves near the bottom of the MWC standings. They have dropped four out of their last five games overall to fall to 2-7 in MWC action on the season with their lone win in that span coming against Wyoming. The Bulldogs have not been able to sustain any offensive momentum which continued in an ugly 87-53 home loss to Boise State on Saturday.
Orlando Robinson is struggling, going only 3 for 11 from the field in his last two games for a combined 15 points. The freshman forward is having a promising season overall, sporting an average of 12.9 PPG and 6.9 RPG. Nate Grimes is out indefinitely with a team suspension which is a big hit to their scoring. The senior forward is averaging 12.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. New Williams has reached double-digits in points in five out of his last six games. The senior guard enters this one averaging 12.1 points on 38% shooting.
Senior guard Noah Blackwell led the Bulldogs in scoring and went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in tonight's game against the Broncos.#GoDogs | #ValleyTough | #PrideOfTheValley | #AtThePeak@SnipeGetsMoney3 pic.twitter.com/u7mo8PvMTu— Fresno State Men’s Basketball (@FresnoStateMBB) January 26, 2020
The Bulldogs are ranked 165th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and hold a terrible 2-8 road record. Fresno State is only averaging 67.7 points on the season, placing them 277th in the country. They are holding opponents to 67.7 points, positioning them 137th overall.
Falcons' Defensive Issues Resume in Third Straight Defeat
The Air Force Falcons are looking to avoid their fourth straight defeat in this one. They are having trouble defensively which was evident in their 90-81 road loss to San Jose State on Saturday to dip to 3-6 in MWC play this season. Air Force features plenty of scoring threats but their defense has often not been able to contain their opposition.
Watch for Lavelle Scottie in this one. The senior forward is capable of big points on any given night and he came through with 25 points in Saturday’s win. Scottie has increased his season average to 15.1 PPG and 5.6 RPG. Ryan Swan has cooled off, shooting below 45% in five straight games. The senior center is having a strong season overall, filing an average of 13.5 PPG on a 50% clip from the field. A.J. Walker has netted 11 or fewer points in each of his last three games. The sophomore guard is now posting 11.9 PPG.
The Falcons are currently placed 174th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are 6-4 on their home floor. Air Force is scoring an average of 75.5 points, ranking them 84th in the country. They are allowing an average of 73 points, positioning them down at 270th overall.
The Fresno State Bulldogs are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Air Force Falcons are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
- 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 games following an ATS loss.
- 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games against a team with a losing road record.