Texas A&M vs. New Mexico - 11/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Mexico Lobos (2-1) at Texas A&M Aggies (2-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Coliseo Roberto Clemente)
The Line: Texas A&M Aggies PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas A&M Aggies and New Mexico Lobos play Sunday afternoon at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico.
The Texas A&M Aggies are off to a 2-1 start and believe they can be that surprise team in the SEC. On the season, Texas A&M is averaging 73.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 57.7 points on 36.3 percent shooting. Jalen Jones leads Texas A&M with 12 points and 7.7 rebounds while Antwan Space is averaging 9.3 points and six rebounds. Alex Caruso leads Texas A&M with 6.7 assists and Peyton Allen is shooting 40 percent from downtown. Texas A&M’s offense could be better, but the Aggies have displayed above-average defense early on and are averaging 45 rebounds per game. Texas A&M’s size is the Aggies biggest strength and gives them a shot to be a competitor in the improving SEC this season.
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The New Mexico Lobos are off to a 3-1 start but will have to learn to play without their leading scorer in Cullen Neal, who is out with an ankle injury. On the season, New Mexico is averaging 70 points on 45.7 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Hugh Greenwood leads New Mexico with 14 points and five rebounds while Deshawn Delaney is averaging 10.8 points on 65.5 percent shooting. Obij Aget is producing two blocks per game and Jordan Goodman is shooting 33.3 percent from deep. New Mexico will continue to win games with its terrific defense but the loss on the offensive side of the ball could prevent the Lobos from making an honest run in the MWC. This will be a big game for New Mexico and could help decide which direction its going to go.
The Aggies are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a S.U. win and 4-14 ATS in their last 18 neutral site games. The Lobos are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
Even without Neal on the court, I still think New Mexico is good enough defensively and has enough offensive firepower to get them over the hump. The Lobos are still an experienced team that will continue to compete at a high level.