New Mexico State vs. Chicago State - 3/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago State Cougars (3-28) at New Mexico State Aggies (25-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: New Mexico State Aggies -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The WAC college basketball quarterfinals gives us a bout between the New Mexico State Aggies and the Chicago State Cougars.
The Chicago State Cougars have struggled to get both ends of the floor on the same page which explains their 3-28 record. Chicago State has been outscored 85.8-67.8 with opponents connecting at 49.7% from the floor which has to improve in the playoffs.
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Guard Fred Sims Jr. is the top threat for the Cougars with 14.2 points but he is a volume shooter at 32.3%. Deionta Simmons gave Chicago State around 12 points and a team high 5.9 rebounds on 60% while Glenn Burns averaged 10.5 points and 4.2 boards on 47.4%.
The New Mexico State Aggies have been the face of the WAC and that trend continued with another first place finish with a 12-2 record. New Mexico State was a solid offensive squad with 75 points on 46.1% shooting but the defense was impressive with only 63.2% points allowed on 39.2%.
Zach Lofton topped the Aggies offense with 19.2 points and 5.1 boards on 46.1% followed by Jemerrio Jones with 10.9 points and 12.7 on 50% shooting. AJ Harris and Eli Chuha gave New Mexico State nine points apiece with Chuha grabbing 5.2 boards.
Chicago State are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and under is 6-2 in Chicago State last 8 neutral site games. Under is 11-3 in NMSU last 14 vs. Western Athletic and under is 35-17-1 in NMSU last 53 overall.
The numbers say New Mexico State decides how far to take this one with the semis up next…