Colorado State vs. Wyoming - 3/4/20 Mountain West Conference First Round College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Wyoming Cowboys (7-23) at Colorado State Rams (20-11)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: Colorado State Rams -10.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5
TV: Mountain West Network
The Colorado State Rams and the Wyoming Cowboys meet in a Mountain West conference tournament first round matchup in college basketball action from the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday night.
The Wyoming Cowboys come into the conference tournament as the #11-seed, finishing in last place with a 2-16 record in conference play as part of their 7-23 overall mark this season. Hunter Maldonado leads Wyoming with an average of 16.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG and 4 APG this season while Jake Hendricks has 10.1 PPG and 3.9 RPG and Hunter Thompson has 7.8 PPG and 4.4 RPG this season. As a team, Wyoming is averaging 61.1 points on 40.8% shooting from the field, 30.7% from 3-point range and 72.3% from the foul line while allowing 69.1 points on 43.3% shooting from the field and 32.5% from 3-point range this season.
The Colorado State Rams come into the tourney as the #6-seed, sitting at 11-7 in conference play, losing out on the #5 seed and a first-round bye after a tiebreaker loss to Boise State. Isaiah Stevens leads Colorado State in scoring and assists with 13 PPG and 4.6 APG while Nico Carvacho is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 12.6 PPG and 10.6 RPG this season. David Roddy has 11.7 PPG and 5.7 RPG and Adam Thistlewood has 10.3 PPG this season. As a team, Colorado State is averaging 75.6 points on 47.2% shooting from the field, 36.4% from 3-point range and 67.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.8 points on 44.2% shooting from the field and 33.8% from 3-point range this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve been as hard on Wyoming as anyone this season, but the fact is that as bad as Wyoming was at times, the Cowboys covered in both meetings with the Rams this season, and while that doesn’t matter to Colorado State (as the Rams won both games), in this line of work the cover is what matters most nights. I think the Rams win this one again, but the Cowboys were a solid 8-2 ATS on the road, 9-3 ATS if you include neutral site games and 7-1 ATS on the road in conference play this season. I’ll take my chances with Wyoming and the points in this one.