New Mexico State vs. Northern Colorado - 11/19/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Colorado Bears (1-1) at New Mexico State Aggies (0-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pan American Center)
The Line: New Mexico State Aggies -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northern Colorado Bears and New Mexico State Aggies play Wednesday night at the Pan American Center.
The Northern Colorado Bears have split their first two games with a win over Black Hills State and a loss to Wyoming. On the season, Northern Colorado is averaging 76.5 points on 50.5 percent shooting and are allowing 70 points on 51.7 percent shooting. Air Force transfer Cameron Michael leads the Bears with 17 points on 44.4 percent shooting, and Cody McDavis is averaging 14 points and six rebounds. Tevin Svihovec is the third Northern Colorado player averaging double digits and Jeremy Verhagen has been a key contributor off the bench in limited playing time. Scoring hasn’t been an issue for the Northern Colorado Bears, it’s the poor defense that’s keeping this program from turning the corner in the Big Sky. Defense and rebounding hs to improve if Northern Colorado is going to compete.
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The New Mexico State Aggies have dropped their first two games against Wichita State and Saint Mary’s. On the season, New Mexico State is averaging 62.5 points on 38.2 percent shooting and are allowing 77 points on 51.4 percent shooting. Of course, those numbers are against two quality teams. Daniel Mullings leads the Aggies with 16 points and six rebounds, and Remi Barry is averaging 13 points on 50 percent shooting. Ian Baker is shooting 50 percent from downtown and Pascal Siakam is the team's second-leading rebounder with 4.5 boards. The New Mexico State Aggies are the favorite to win the WAC and should start playing better in front of their home crowd. Tanveer Bhullar and Anthony January remain questionable with ankle injuries.
The Bears are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Aggies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 21-10 ATS in their last 31 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
This is where the New Mexico State Aggies should finally get going and get on the board with a victory. New Mexico is the better team on both sides of the ball and the lack of defense from the Bears will cost them here.