New Mexico vs. Air Force- 12/27/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Air Force Falcons (6-6) at New Mexico Lobos (5-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm (The Pit)
The Line: New Mexico Lobos -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: AT&T Sportsnet; AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mtn; AT&T Sportsnet - Southwest; Root Sports - Northwest; Mountain West Network
The Air Force Falcons will travel to Dreamstyle Arena to take on the New Mexico Lobos this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Air Force Falcons snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 6-6 on the season after defeating the NAIA Johnson & Wales (CO) Wildcats, 111-68, this past Friday. Air Force had no problems scoring the basketball in this one and easily cruised to victory after taking a 62-28 lead at halftime. Air Force shot 61.4% from the field and 40.7% (11-27) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Falcons was Frank Toohey who had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Air Force is averaging 69.2 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Falcons are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Air Force has been led by Ryan Manning (11.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Lavelle Scottie (10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 apg), Trevor Lyons (9.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg), and Frank Toohey (7.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Air Force is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Falcons have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
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The New Mexico Lobos won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-8 on the season after defeating the Prairie View A&M Panthers, 87-78, this past Friday. New Mexico went into halftime with a 49-41 lead and pulled away after taking an 84-64 lead with just 4:14 left in regulation. New Mexico shot 46.7% from the field and outrebounded the Panthers by a 39-29 margin. Leading the way for the Lobos was Joe Furstinger who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. On the season, New Mexico is averaging 80.4 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Lobos are averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, New Mexico has been led by Sam Logwood (13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), Chris McNeal (12.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.9 apg), Troy Simons (9.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.2 spg), and Antino Jackson (8.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 apg). Defensively, New Mexico is allowing their opponents to average 76.8 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Lobos have a rebound margin of -5.1 and a turnover margin of 5.3.
The Falcons are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record however, are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Lobos are 49-21-3 ATS in their last 73 Wednesday games however, are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Air Force put up a monster point total in their recent game, however, the offense has struggled this season against D-1 level talent as they Falcons come into this matchup ranked 293rd in scoring offense and 283rd in FG%. New Mexico ranks 77th in scoring offense and 11th in turnover margin, however, has struggled a bit on the defensive end as they rank T-275th in scoring defense and 293rd in defensive FG%. Air Force hasn’t played great basketball as of late, with losses to Abilene Christian, UC Riverside, and Army, and as I think New Mexico will be able to put points against the Falcons defense, I’m taking New Mexico to cover this home spread.