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Baylor vs. New Mexico State - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Mexico State Aggies (7-5) at Baylor Bears (8-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Ferrell Center)

The Line: Baylor Bears -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports Networks

The New Mexico State Aggies will travel to the Ferrell Center to take on the 23rd ranked Baylor Bears this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The New Mexico State Aggies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-5 (0-0 WAC) on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 76-61, this past Monday. New Mexico State was only up by a 1-point margin at halftime and used a strong 2nd half in which they outscored Oral Roberts by a 42-28 margin to get the win. New Mexico State shot 46.6% from the field and outrebounded Oral Roberts by a 41-29 margin. The Aggies held Oral Roberts to 44.6% shooting from the field and forced the Golden Eagles to commit 14 turnovers. Leading the way for New Mexico State was Pascal Siakam who had a double-double with 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Aggies have been led by Pascal Siakam (23.4 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 1.9 bpg), Ian Baker (14.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Johnathon Wilkins (6.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg). Offensively, New Mexico State is averaging 72.2 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field and 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Aggies average 5.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.96. Defensively, New Mexico State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.9 ppg on 39.9% shooting. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 12.6 and a turnover margin of -3.0.

Baylor vs. New Mexico State  - 12/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 23rd ranked Baylor Bears had their 7 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-2 (0-0 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 24th ranked Texas A&M Aggies, 80-61, this past Saturday. Baylor struggled defensively in the 1st half and found themselves down by 21 at halftime and never could make a major run in the 2nd half to get back into the game. Baylor shot just 35.6% shooting from the field and 33.3% (7-21) from beyond the arc. The Bears allowed the Aggies to shoot 47.6% from the field and committed 16 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for Baylor was Rico Gathers who had 8 points, 18 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and an assist. On the season, the Bears have been led by Rico Gathers (14.9 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg), Taurean Prince (14.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.7 spg), and Al Freeman (12.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg). Offensively, Baylor is averaging 82.4 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field and 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bears average 6.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.76. Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 62.9 ppg on 39.6% shooting. The Bears have a rebound margin of 13.8 and a turnover margin of 2.2.

The Aggies are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Bears are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.

New Mexico State is once against the head of the class in the WAC and although they lost a lot of their talent from last year’s NCAA tournament team, they’ve been getting great production from Pascal Siakam and Ian Baker. Baylor has a great front court lead by Rico Gathers and rank in the top 50 in both scoring offense and defense. This should be a solid game and although I expect Baylor to bounce back at home after their embarrassing defeat at Texas A&M, I think New Mexico State will be able to keep this one within this large number. Take New Mexico State and the points. 

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