The Wyoming Cowboys will look to continue their hot shooting when they take on the Air Force Falcons in Mountain West Conference action on Friday. The Cowboys (15-3, 4-1), who rank section in the Mountain West and 20th in the nation in shooting percentage at 48.5 percent, have won six of their last seven games. The Falcons (10-8, 3-4), who have doubled their win total from last season, rank 24th in the country in scoring defense and 22nd in defensive 3-point percentage. Air Force has the third-youngest team in the nation with 10 freshmen on its roster.
The game from Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. ET. Wyoming is averaging 77.5 points per game, while Air Force averages 59.7. The Cowboys are 7.5-point favorites in the latest Wyoming vs. Air Force odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 126.5. Before making any Air Force vs. Wyoming picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Wyoming vs. Air Force spread: Wyoming -7.5
- Wyoming vs. Air Force over-under: 126.5 points
- Wyoming vs. Air Force money line: Wyoming -340, Air Force +270
- WYO: The Cowboys are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 road games against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600
- AFA: The Falcons are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall
Why Wyoming can cover
The Cowboys have four players averaging in double-digit scoring, led by sophomore forward Graham Ike. Ike is averaging 20.5 points, which is first in the Mountain West and 15th nationally, and 8.9 rebounds, fourth in the conference. He's getting help from a couple other key contributors.
Senior guard Drake Jeffries has been on a roll, reaching double-figure scoring in each of his last five games, including a 20-point effort in a 77-67 win at Nevada on Jan. 17. He has scored in double figures 11 times this season, including a season-high 33 in a 108-59 victory over Hastings College on Nov. 26. For the year, he is averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He is a tremendous shooter, connecting on 49.6 percent of his field goals, including 49.2 percent from 3-point range. He is a 77.3 percent foul shooter.
Sophomore forward Jeremiah Oden has also made solid contributions this season, and is averaging 8.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He is connecting on 54.5 percent of his shots from the floor. Oden has reached double figures seven times and has registered one double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 79-58 win over McNeese on Dec. 4. His top scoring game was a 17-point performance in an 85-45 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 14.
Why Air Force can cover
The Falcons are led by senior guard A.J. Walker, who has reached double-digit scoring 13 times this season, including in each of the last three games. Walker averages 15.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He is connecting on 48.7 percent of his field goals, including 40.2 percent from 3-point range. Walker is coming off a 12-point performance against San Diego State on Tuesday. He has scored a season-high 27 points twice, the last time coming in a 66-65 win over Denver on Nov. 24.
Freshman guard Ethan Taylor is off to a fast start to his collegiate career. He is averaging 9.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game, and is connecting on 41.9 percent of his shots from the floor, including 35.2 percent from 3-point range. He has one triple-double this season with a 14-point, 10-rebound and 10-assist effort in a 75-68 loss to Nevada on Jan. 15. He also has registered two double-doubles.
How to make Air Force vs. Wyoming picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 137 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the model's picks at SportsLine.
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