Utah State Aggies vs. New Mexico Lobos - 1/28/14
New Mexico Lobos (15-4) at Utah State Aggies (12-7)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:05 pm (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum)
The Line: Utah State Aggies -½ -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
One of the better games of the Tuesday college basketball schedule will be when New Mexico travels to Utah State. It’s a matchup between two high-powered offenses and two teams still fighting for respect within the Mountain West Conference.
The Lobos have won three straight and are 5-0 straight up on the road this season. They’re not only averaging 77.2 points per game, but they also play above-average defense, holding teams to just 38.6 percent from the field in their last five contests. Cameron Bairstow continues to lead the way scoring wise, but senior guard Kendall Williams is coming off one of his best performances of the season in victory over Colorado State, as he dropped 23 points and five assists.
Utah State has lost three in a row, including an overtime heartbreaker against San Diego State. Spencer Butterfield had 19 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort. As a team, Utah State is a lot like New Mexico. It shoots a high percentage (47.2), rebounds well (36.8) and plays good defense (41.8 percent). The Aggies are 9-2 straight up on their home floor.
The line is spot on, as you’re really splitting hairs when looking for an advantage. In a toss-up, most would likely just side with the home team. However, home court advantage is usually worth a few points in college basketball, which tells me that odds makers also agree that New Mexico is the better team on any other floor. The Lobos are the slightly better defensive team and has more consistent scoring threats.
No fancy trends this time. I just think that loss to San Diego State took a lot out of the Aggies. Utah State outplayed the Aztecs all game long and still managed to lose in front of its home fans. New Mexico is feeling good about itself and should be able to remain unbeaten on the road.