Colorado vs. Boise State Picks and Predictions – Wednesday, Mar. 20

Mar 8, 2024; San Diego, California, USA; Boise State Broncos forward Tyson Degenhart (2) gestures after a basket against the San Diego State Aztecs during the first half at Viejas Arena.
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We have your Colorado Buffaloes vs. Boise State Broncos prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Colorado Buffaloes hit the road to face the Boise State Broncos.

The Colorado Buffaloes (24-10) are set to clash with the Boise State Broncos (22-10) in a highly anticipated First Four matchup. With both teams looking to bounce back from recent losses, this game is a crucial step on the road to the NCAA Tournament.

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Boise State Broncos Odds Info

Moneyline: Colorado Buffaloes -143 (BetRivers) / Boise State Broncos +125 (FanDuel)

Spread: +2.5 – Colorado Buffaloes -110 (FanDuel) / Boise State Broncos -109 (BetRivers)

Total: 140.5 – -105 (Barstool) / -108 (BetPARX)

Game Info

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 20

Time: 08:10 PM

Location: UD Arena – Dayton, OH

TV: truTV

Colorado Buffaloes Betting Trends

  • On the road, Colorado Buffaloes are 4 and 7 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Colorado Buffaloes are 15 and 17.
  • Against the spread on the road, Colorado Buffaloes are 6 and 8.

Boise State Broncos Betting Trends

  • At home, Boise State Broncos are 13 and 3 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Boise State Broncos are 17 and 13.
  • Against the spread at home, Boise State Broncos are 11 and 7.

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Boise State Broncos Predictions

The First Four of the NCAA Tournament presents a do-or-die scenario for the Colorado Buffaloes and the Boise State Broncos, as they both seek to extend their March Madness journey. The Buffaloes, boasting a strong 24-10 overall record and an impressive 16-1 at home, are hitting the road where they’ve been less dominant with a 4-7 record. Colorado’s offense has been a highlight this season, ranking 11th in field goal percentage (49.3%) and 56th in points per game (79.3), led by guard KJ Simpson who averages 19.6 points and 4.9 assists per game. Their recent form, however, shows a slight dip with a 1-game losing streak heading into this critical game.

Boise State, on the other hand, enters the contest with a solid 22-10 overall record and a strong 13-3 showing at home. The Broncos have demonstrated a balanced attack, ranking 122nd in points per game (75.8) and 155th in field goal percentage (45.2%). Forward Tyson Degenhart, averaging 17.0 points per game, will be a key player for Boise State as they look to overcome their own 1-game losing streak and capitalize on their home-court advantage at UD Arena.

Defensively, both teams have shown they can compete, but it will be the offensive execution and star player performances that are likely to tip the scales. With both teams experiencing recent stumbles, the pressure is on to perform when it matters most. The Buffaloes’ superior shooting from the field and beyond the arc could be the deciding factor, but the Broncos’ ability to control the game at home should not be underestimated. This matchup promises to be a tightly contested battle, with the winner earning the right to continue dancing in March.

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Boise State Broncos Pick

The Colorado Buffaloes come into this matchup with a potent offense that has been consistently delivering throughout the season. Their 11th-ranked field goal percentage and 56th-ranked points per game are indicative of an efficient and high-scoring unit. KJ Simpson’s leadership and scoring ability have been instrumental, and his performance will be crucial in this game. Despite their road struggles, the Buffaloes have shown they can compete with the best, and their recent form, including an 8-2 record in their last 10 games, suggests they are peaking at the right time. The moneyline bet on Colorado reflects confidence in their offensive prowess and the expectation that they will carry their home form into this neutral-site contest.

Boise State’s home record is impressive, but the Buffaloes’ superior shooting accuracy, particularly from beyond the arc, gives them an edge in what’s expected to be a close game. While the Broncos have the advantage of playing in familiar territory, the Buffaloes’ recent offensive statistics and the urgency of the NCAA Tournament setting are likely to elevate their performance. The historical head-to-head data is not as relevant here, given the high stakes and the Buffaloes’ current momentum. Therefore, the smart money is on the Colorado Buffaloes to emerge victorious in this First Four showdown.

The Pick: Colorado Buffaloes -143 (BetRivers)