Air Force Falcons vs. Boise State Broncos Pick – NCAAM January 8, 2021

If betting on college basketball is a favorite of yours and don’t care if it’s ranked basketball, then Friday has you covered throughout the afternoon and evening hours. We do have one ranked team, Michigan State at No. 23, but that’s all you’re going to find is a borderline Top 25 squad. Villanova was supposed to play today, but they’ve been pushed back yet again because of Covid-19.

It feels like it’s every day that Villanova has a game listed as postponed. They certainly won’t be able to play their full schedule at this point. All Villanova needs is a seat at the table of the NCAA Tournament and they’re going to have a shot at going deep, though. Along with Marquette and Villanova cancelled, there are three other games shelved on Friday. That’s okay, though, as there is more than enough action available on the board for betting.

The Air Force Falcons and Boise State Broncos will be back out on the court following a Wednesday meeting at Taco Bell Arena. It was another win for Boise State, as they put nine straight victories on their resume with the 78-59 win on Wednesday. Derrick Alston led the Broncos with 16 points, while Marcus Shaver Jr. was a major contributor off the bench with 15 points of his own.

Boise State’s only loss of the season was against a very good Houston team to open the season, a 68-58 defeat on the road. Houston is currently ranked No. 11 in the country. Since then, Boise State has been on fire and didn’t show any signs of slowing down versus Air Force in their first of two meetings on Wednesday. Air Force will look for more production in this one after AJ Walker and Keaton Van Soelen were the only ones that showed up the first time. Nobody else scored better than 8 points in that outing.

The Falcons are on a three-game losing skid and haven’t been competitive in any of their previous three outings. Overall, Air Force owns a mark of 3-6 after falling against Boise State two days ago. They have wins over Cal State Northridge, Nevada, and Lamar. After their biggest win of the season against Nevada, 68-66, Air Force lost two in a row against Utah State, and then the recent loss against the Broncos. Head below for our free Air Force vs. Boise State pick on January 8, 2021.

Air Force Falcons vs. Boise State Broncos NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Air Force +18 (-105)
  • Boise St. -18 (-115)
Moneyline:

  • Air Force OFF
  • Boise St. OFF
Total:

  • Over 133.5 (-110)
  • Under 133.5 (-110)

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Air Force vs. Boise State Prediction:

Air Force should know what to expect against Boise State on Friday night. However, for their plan to be a success, it’s likely going to require that the Broncos take them lightly following the easy win. It took Boise State a minute to heat up, but when they got going, Air Force didn’t have any answers in the 79-58 final. If the Broncos wanted to win by more, they could have easily done so in the second half.

A lot of plays that should have been textbook didn’t come together for Boise State. If they can clean up that aspect of their game, then Boise State could easily win this game by more than 79-58. The Broncos have scored an average of 81.1 points per game to rank 43rd in the country. The defense is what has really made Boise State a contender in the Mountain West, though. They’ve allowed just 60.5 points per game for 22nd in the NCAA.

For an Air Force team that is just about useless offensively, Boise State should be able to limit them again on Friday night at Taco Bell Arena. Air Force is just about dead last in the nation, with only 56.4 points scored per contest. Note that Air Force has failed to score more than 60 points in seven of nine outings in 2020-21. That’s not going to work in any conference. Expect more of the same from Boise State on Friday night, as they stifle the Falcons’ offense en route to another win and cover.

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