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

BYU Cougars (7-4) at New Mexico Lobos (7-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)

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

TV: ESPNU

The New Mexico Lobos and BYU Cougars square off Wednesday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The New Mexico Lobos look for a victory after splitting their last six games. The New Mexico Lobos are averaging 79.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Elijah Brown is averaging 19.1 points and 5.9 rebounds while Tim Williams is averaging 16.8 points and 8.4 rebounds. Cullen Neal is the third double-digit scorer and Obij Aget is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The New Mexico Lobos are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. New Mexico is allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep. The New Mexico Lobos have lost four of their last five neutral games.

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

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The BYU Cougars also look for a victory after splitting their last six games. The BYU Cougars are averaging 82.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 73.3 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Nick Emery is averaging 15.6 points and three assists while Chase Fischer is averaging 15.5 points and 2.2 rebounds. Kyle Collinsworth is dishing 7.3 assists and Kyle Davis is grabbing 10.7 rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 63 percent from the free throw line. BYU is allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep. The BYU Cougars have lost three straight neutral games.

The Lobos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 44-16-2 ATS in their last 62 Wednesday games. The Cougars are 15-36 ATS in their last 51 neutral site games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Lobos are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

I'm not impressed at all with BYU, as it's a team clearly struggling losing its star player from a year ago. New Mexico is still that defensive powerhouse that finds ways to control games and give itself a shot to win. I'm siding with the Lobos here. 

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