New Mexico vs. Utah State - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah State Aggies (17-16) at New Mexico Lobos (18-14)
College Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: New Mexico Lobos -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New Mexico Lobos and Utah State Aggies meet Friday in the college basketball MWC Tournament semifinals at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The New Mexico Lobos looks for another victory after beating Wyoming on Thursday. The New Mexico Lobos are averaging 82.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 77.9 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Sam Logwood is averaging 13.2 points and 1.4 assists while Anthony Mathis is averaging 13.3 points and two rebounds. Antino Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Chris McNeal is dishing 2.8 assists. The New Mexico Lobos are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Mexico Lobos are allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The New Mexico Lobos have lost two of their last three neutral site games.
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The Utah State Aggies looks for another victory after beating Utah State on Thursday. The Utah State Aggies are averaging 73.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 72.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Sam Merrill is averaging 15.9 points and three assists while Koby McEwen is averaging 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Dwayne Brown Jr. is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and DeAngelo Isby is dishing 1.1 assists. The Utah State Aggies are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. The Utah State Aggies are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Utah State Aggies have won four of their last five neutral site games.
The Aggies are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Lobos are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Mountain West and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Both of these teams have had similar results all season and the home team has won six straight, so expect another tight contest on a neutral court. As for who wins, I'm not sure how anybody bets against the New Mexico Lobos considering they're averaging 99.6 points on 55.2 percent shooting in their last five games. The defense can be bad at times and shootouts are never fun to bet on, but Utah State will have to play far better than its season average to beat the Lobos in their current form. I'll lay the buckets.