Air Force vs. New Mexico - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Air Force vs. New Mexico - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

New Mexico Lobos (17-12) at Air Force Falcons (10-18)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Clune Arena)

The Line: Air Force Falcons -2 -- Over/Under: 161.5

TV: ESPN3

The New Mexico Lobos and Air Force Falcons meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Clune Arena.

The New Mexico Lobos need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The New Mexico Lobos are averaging 77.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 76.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting. JaQuan Lyle is averaging 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Carlton Bragg is averaging 12.6 points and 10.3 rebounds. Corey Manigault is the third double-digit scorer and Zane Martin is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The New Mexico Lobos are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The New Mexico Lobos are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The New Mexico Lobos haven’t won a road game since December 7.

The Air Force Falcons need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Air Force Falcons are averaging 73.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Lavelle Scottie is averaging 15.6 points and two assists while Ryan Swan is averaging 12.7 points and 4.9 rebounds. A.J. Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Caleb Morris is grabbing three rebounds. The Air Force Falcons are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Air Force Falcons are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game. The Air Force Falcons have lost four of their last five home games.

Will update with trends once they're released.

Both of these teams enter this contest playing bad basketball and the road / home splits favor Air Force. The Air Force Falcons win at home by an average of 6.9 points while shooting 50.5 percent from the field, while the New Mexico Lobos lose on the road by an average of 10.8 points while allowing 47.6 percent shooting from the field. However, New Mexico has been the better team this season overall and has won five of the last seven meetings against Air Force. The Air Force Falcons are also just 5-8 against the spread at home and 3-8 against the spread as a single-digit favorite. Give me the better team and the free bucket. 

Randy’s Pick New Mexico Lobos +2

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.