New Mexico vs. Washington State - 12/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington State Cougars (7-4) at New Mexico Lobos (7-5)
College Basketball: Friday, December 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: New Mexico Lobos -5.5 -- Over/Under: 149 See the Latest Odds
The New Mexico Lobos and Washington State Cougars square off Christmas afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The New Mexico Lobos need a big win after losing four of their last six games. The New Mexico Lobos are averaging 78.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Elijah Brown is averaging 20.4 points and 3.2 assists while Tim Williams is averaging 16.2 points and eight rebounds. Cullen Neal is the third double-digit scorer and Sam Logwood is dishing 1.5 assists. The New Mexico Lobos are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. New Mexico is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 13.4 turnovers per game. The New Mexico Lobos have lost their last four neutral games.
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The Washington State Cougars could also use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Washington State Cougars are averaging 75 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 70.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Josh Hawkinson is averaging 16.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while Ike Iroegbu is averaging 13.6 points and 3.5 assists. Que Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Charles Callison is dishing 3.6 assists. The Washington State Cougars are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. Washington State is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The Washington State Cougars have lost four of their last five neutral games.
The Lobos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Cougars are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Friday games.
I'm not sure I trust New Mexico after what it showed against BYU, allowing bucket after bucket. Washington State isn't that bad of a basketball team and has a dominant big in Hawkinson. I'll side with the points as more of a fade against the Lobos.