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New Mexico Lobos vs. Colorado State Rams Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/4/14

Colorado State Rams (9-5) at New Mexico Lobos (9-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm (The Pit)

The Line: New Mexico Lobos -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado State Rams face off on Saturday in a Mountain West Conference college basketball showdown.

The New Mexico Lobos are 9-3 for the season after starting the season ranked in the top 25. UNM is 5-1 at home in The Pit and this is their MWC opener. Cameron Bairstow is averaging 20.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to lead the Lobos. Kendall Williams is averaging 18.6 points and 5.2 assists, Alex Kirk is averaging 15.2 points and 9.5 rebounds, and Cullen Neal is averaging 8.8 points. New Mexico is averaging 77.7 points and they are shooting 44.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.9 points and their opponents are shooting 39.7 percent. The Mountain West is difficult this year so the Lobos will definitely have a chance to build a resume that gets them into the NCAA Tournament.

New Mexico Lobos vs. Colorado State Rams Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/4/14

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The Colorado State Rams drew San Diego State for their MWC opener on Wednesday and they lost by 10 at home to start the season 0-1 in the conference. CSU is 0-2 on the road this season and they haven’t beaten a team with a RPI under 50 and they face one here as UNM’s is 39. J.J. Avila is averaging 19.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to lead the Rams. Daniel Bejarano is averaging 14.4 points and 9.5 rebounds, Jon Octeus is averaging 12.5 points, and Joe De Ciman is averaging 8.1 points. Colorado State is averaging 78.7 points and they are shooting 45.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44.6 percent. Colorado State has a solid team this season but they may get lost in the shuffle of what looks to be a tough conference.

New Mexico is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, 2-6 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 against the spread following a win. Colorado State is 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, 0-4 against the spread against the Mountain West, and 0-6 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The home team has covered the point spread in eight of the last 11 meetings of these two.

This looks like it is going to be a high scoring game but it is also just too many points to be laying in this spot. 

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