Colorado State vs. New Mexico State - 11/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Mexico State Aggies (23-11) at Colorado State Rams (18-16)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Moby Arena)
The Line: Colorado State Rams -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Root Sports; Root Sports - Northwest; Root Sports - Rocky Mountain; Root Sports - Southwest
The New Mexico State Aggies will travel to Moby Arena to take on the Colorado State Rams this Sunday night in College Basketball action.
The New Mexico State Aggies opened their season with an impressive 100-52 victory over the Arizona Christian Firestorm this past Friday night. New Mexico State shot 49.3% from the field and outrebound Arizona Christian by a 53-51 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was Jalyn Pennie who had a double-double with 12 points. 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. New Mexico State finished last season with a 23-11 overall record however, even being the top seed in the WAC, the Aggies fell short of the NCAA Tournament after losing to the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners in the WAC Championship. The Aggies will have a new Head Coach in Paul Weir on the sidelines this season and Coach Weir will have a major task in replacing Pascal Kiakam who was drafted in the 1st round in the NBA draft after averaging 20.3 ppg and 11.6 rpg. The good news for the Aggies is that they do return their other 4 starters in Ian Baker (13.8 ppg, 3.7 apg), Matt Taylor (5.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Johnathon Wilkins (6.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg), and Jalyn Pennie (6.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg). New Mexico State hopes that JC transfer Marlon Jones will make an immediate impact for the Aggies.
USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado State Rams finished the 2015-16 season with an 18-16 record and although their future looks bright with talented list of transfers that will be eligible to play next season, Coach Larry Eustachy will need to find a way to replace four starters. Eustachy will no longer have John Gillon (10.9 ppg, 3.8 apg), Joe De Ciman (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Antwan Scott (16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg) or Tiel Daniels (9.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg) however, will be retuning Emmanuel Omogbo who averaged 10.9 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Colorado State also caught a huge break when Glen Clavell received an excel season of eligibility after missing most of last season due to injury. Prior to his injury, Glen Clavell was averaging 20.8 ppg and 6.9 rpg. The Rams won’t have much depth this season and for the Rams to be able to be competitive in the Mountain West, Colorado State will need contributions from Devocio Butler, Braden Koelliker, and Nico Carvacho.
The Aggies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Mountain West opponents and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games. The Rams are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games however, just 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games.
It’s hard to replace a talent like Pascal Kiakam however, the Aggies are still a very good team and has an outstanding scorer in Ian Baker. Colorado State has some talent in Emmanuel Omogbo and Glen Clavell but I’m concerned that the Rams just don’t have much depth and if teams can limit Omogbo and Clavell, they will be able to be successful against the Rams. This game has yet to be lined, however, as I think the Aggies will be a getting a few points here as they will be on the road, I’m initially leaning on taking New Mexico State. Please check back when the line is posted.