Must-Bet Weekend NCAA Basketball Games Colorado State-Boise State, Purdue-Penn State

Must-Bet Weekend NCAA Basketball Games: Colorado State-Boise State, Purdue-Penn State

An early favorite for National Player of the Year is Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis, who wasn’t even on the radar entering the year. In an upset at Purdue earlier this week, the sophomore guard took 24 shots, made 13 of them and finished with a career-high 37 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Davis averaged just 7.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game last season as a freshman but is now averaging 22.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 34.6 minutes per game this year. Here’s a look at two intriguing NCAA basketball matchups this weekend. Check back for NCAAB odds.

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#20 Colorado State at Boise State, Friday

The Rams lead the nation in effective field goal percentage at 61% and are one of the better shooting teams in the country. Niko Medved has a pair of star performers in undersized forward David Roddy and guard Isaiah Stevens. Roddy is averaging over 20 points and nearly eight rebounds, while Stevens is a high-assist, low-error handler who averages 14 points, 7.3 assists and just 1.5 turnovers.

CSU (11-0) came out of a 24-day COVID break Wednesday and beat Air Force 67-59. AFA grabbed the early lead and led the majority of the opening 20 minutes. CSU used a 14-0 run midway through the first half to go from a five-point deficit to a 30-21 lead with 2:40 to play and went into the break with a 33-28 lead. CSU never relinquished the lead in the second half, though the Falcons did tie it at 48 with 10:58 to play.

Colorado State took advantage of Air Force miscues, outscoring the Falcons 24-7 on the turnovers. The Rams are now 7-0 when leading at the break this season and 13-5 all-time when ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll.

Boise State (10-4) won its seventh straight game on Dec. 28, 65-55 over Fresno State. Marcus Shaver, Jr. led the Broncos with 18 points, including scoring or assisting on nine of the 17 points during a late 17-5 run. The Broncos have not allowed more than 60 points to any opponent during the win streak. They have limited nine opponents to fewer than 60 points on the season. Senior forward Abu Kigab has been one of the Mountain West’s most effective players. BSU’s free throw issues (60.7%, 353rd in Division I) could be a problem.

#3 Purdue at Penn State, Saturday

Purdue could have made a legitimate claim as the best team in college basketball before Monday night’s surprising 74-69 loss to Wisconsin at Mackey Arena, a defeat that dropped the Boilermakers to 1-2 in the Big Ten. Jaden Ivey is a first-team All-America-caliber wing and a lottery pick. Purdue can really shoot the ball, as well. Ivey, Sasha Stefanovic, Brandon Newman and Isaiah Thompson have each hit over 20 3s in this young season, and Purdue is shooting over 41% from deep as a team.

The loss Monday snapped a 13-game homecourt winning streak dating to last year and Wisconsin improved to 5-42 all-time at Mackey Arena. Zach Edey scored a career-high 24 points with 10 rebounds and two assists, coming in just 20 minutes. It marked his fourth double-double of the season. Edey has five games (in 14 contests) this year where he has scored at least 20 points in 20 or fewer minutes, the most for a player in a season since 2009-10 (next closest is three in a full season). Trevion Williams surpassed 750 career rebounds (now with 753) to move into ninth place on the school’s career rebounding list.

Four Nittany Lions are averaging double-digit points, led by junior Seth Lundy’s 14.1 ppg. Seniors Sam Sessoms (13.0 ppg) and Jalen Pickett (12.2 ppg) follow, while grad student John Harrar is averaging a double-double with 10.9 ppg and 10.7 rpg.

Penn State’s defense has held six of its last eight opponents at least 10 points under their season scoring averages. Over the last eight games, Penn State has limited its opponents to a 41.5 percent (195-470) clip from the field and 29.9 percent (53-177) mark from 3-point range.

The Nittany Lions are shooting 39.6 percent from deep with an average of 9.8 made threes per game in their wins while shooting 28.1 percent from downtown with an average of 6.4 treys per game in losses.

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