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Wyoming vs. New Mexico - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Mexico Lobos (13-14) at Wyoming Cowboys (17-10)

College Basketball: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Arena-Auditorium)

The Line: Wyoming Cowboys -3.5 -- 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 New Mexico Lobos will travel to Arena-Auditorium to take on the Wyoming Cowboys this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The New Mexico Lobos snapped their 2-game losing streak and dropped to 13-14 (8-6 MW) on the season after defeating the Utah State Aggies, 78-63, this past Wednesday. New Mexico’s defense did a great job forcing turnovers and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 15-5 Lobos run gave New Mexico a 67-57 lead with 5:29 left in regulation. New Mexico shot 46.2% from the field and forced Utah State into committing 23 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Lobos was Anthony Mathis who had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, New Mexico is averaging 79.2 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Lobos are averaging 11.1 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, New Mexico has been led by Anthony Mathis (12.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), Sam Longwood (12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), Antino Jackson (10.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.3 spg), and Chris McNeal (10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.9 apg). Defensively, New Mexico is allowing their opponents to average 75.5 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Lobos have a rebound margin of -6.0 and a turnover margin of 5.1.

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Wyoming vs. New Mexico - 2/20/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wyoming Cowboys improved to 17-10 (8-6 MW) on the season after defeating the San Jose State Spartans, 89-75, this past Saturday. Wyoming used a 16-0 run in the 1st half to take control of the game and had no trouble pulling away in the 2nd half after taking a 45-37 lead at halftime. Wyoming shot 49.2% from the field and 86.7% (13-15) from the FT-line in the win. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Hayden Dalton who had a double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, Wyoming is averaging 79.2 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wyoming has been led by Justin James (18.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Hayden Dalton (18.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.4 apg), Alan Herndon (12.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Louis Adams (9.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.1 apg). Defensively, Wyoming is allowing their opponents to average 78.3 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of -3.8 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Lobos are 6-17-1 ATS in their last 24 games following a ATS win and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.

New Mexico has lost 3 of their last 5 games and although their offense can put up points as they rank 59th in scoring offense, the Lobos have really struggled defensively as they rank just 262nd in scoring defense and 330th in defensive FG%. Wyoming has also lost 3 of their last 5 games and like New Mexico, the Cowboys have a sold offense that ranks T-59th in scoring offense, however, rank just 310th in scoring defense. New Mexico hasn’t been good on the road this season, posting just a 2-8 record, and as playing at Wyoming is always a challenge for any opponents, I think the Cowboys easily cover this small home spread. Take Wyoming to cover. 

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