New Mexico State vs. Oral Roberts Golden A- 12/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (8-5) at New Mexico State Aggies (6-5)
College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Pan American Center)
The Line: New Mexico State Aggies -6 -- Over/Under: 142 See the Latest Odds
TV: Aggie Vision; ESPN College Extra
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will travel to the Pan American Center to take on the New Mexico State Aggies this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 8-5 (0-0 Summit) on the season after being defeated by the LSU Tigers, 100-77, this past Saturday. Oral Roberts struggled defensively throughout the game and couldn’t make much of a charge in the 2nd half after being down 48-32 at halftime. Oral Roberts shot 48.3% from the field and 42.9% (6-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Golden Eagles allowed the Tigers to shoot 53.7% from the field and 36.4% (8-22) shooting from beyond the arc. Oral Roberts was outrebounded by LSU by a 40-30 margin and committed 15 turnovers. Leading the way for Oral Roberts was Kris Martin who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, the Golden Eagles have been led by Obi Emegano (22.8 ppg,4.5 rpg, 1.6 apg), Albert Owens (10.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 bpg), and Jalen Bradley (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg). Offensively, Oral Roberts is averaging 79.0 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles average 7.1 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11. Defensively, Oral Roberts is allowing their opponents to average 78.2 ppg on 42.9% shooting. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of 0.6 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
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The New Mexico State Aggies snapped their three game losing streak and improved to 6-5 (0-0 WAC) on the season after defeating the UTEP Miners, 73-53, this past Saturday. New Mexico State was outstanding defensively the game and outscored the Minters by a 41-22 margin in the 2nd half. New Mexico State shot 49.0% from the field and 57.9% (11-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Aggies held the Minters to 34.5% shooting from the field and 33.3% (4-12) shooting from three-point range. Leading the way for New Mexico State was Ian Baker who had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Aggies have been led by Pascal Siakam (22.4 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 1.9 bpg), Ian Baker (15.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Jalyn Pennie (5.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg). Offensively, New Mexico State is averaging 1.8 ppg on 45.7 shooting from the field and 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Aggies average 5.5 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 0.99. Defensively, New Mexico State is holding opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 39.55 shooting. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 12.6 and a turnover margin of -3.5.
The Golden Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Aggies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Oral Roberts has had an up and down season so far and although they are on a three game losing streak, they do have a couple of quality wins against Tulsa & James Madison. New Mexico State is once against the clear favorite in the WAC conference however, they did loss four of their top six scorers from their 23-win team last season. The Aggies have some great players in Pascal Siakam and Ian Baker, however, I think Oral Roberts and Obi Emegano will be able to score on the Aggies defense and keep this one close. I’m taking Oral Roberts to cover in this one.