New Mexico Lobos (3-1) at Boise State Broncos (5-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 10:00 pm (ExtraMile Arena)
The Line: Boise State Broncos -12 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Mexico Lobos and the Boise State Broncos meet in Mountain West conference college basketball action from ExtraMile Arena on Wednesday night.
The New Mexico Lobos will look to rebound from their first loss of the season, falling to 3-1 with a 77-53 loss to Boise State last time out. Makuach Maluach led the Lobos with 13 points on 5 of 12 shooting as the lone double-digit scorer for New Mexico in the losing effort. Valdir Manuel and Keith McGee were next in scoring with 6 points while Saquan Singleton and Emmanuel Kuac each had a team-high 4 rebounds with Singleton adding a team-high 3 assists. Makuach Maluach leads the Lobos in scoring and rebounding with an average of 17 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while Singleton has a team-high 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, New Mexico is averaging 79.8 points on 46.3% shooting from the field, 31.3% from 3-point range and 58.3% shooting from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.3 points on 37.8% shooting from the field and 32% from 3-point range this season.
The Boise State Broncos will look to add to their 5-1 start to the year after their win over New Mexico last time out. Derrick Alston Jr. led the Broncos with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting with 3 threes and 6 rebounds while RayJ Dennis added 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals. Abu Kigab and Emmanuel Akot each had 12 points to cap off the scoring in double figures for Boise State in the win with Kigab shooting 4 of 7 from the field with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals while Akot shot 4 of 8 with a team-high 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Mladen Armus added 3 points and a pair of blocks with 5 rebounds as well in victory. Alston Jr. leads Boise State in scoring with 16 points per game while Armus has a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game and Dennis leads the Broncos in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Boise State is averaging 75.2 points on 44.9% shooting from the field, 31.7% from 3-point range and 66.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 59 points on 38.4% shooting from the field and 27.4% from 3-point range this season.
New Mexico is 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games overall. Boise State is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 12-3 in their last 15 games overall. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
A lot of these back-to-back spots have seen the team that lost the first game come roaring back in the second game to cover if not win outright. With that said, I just don’t see enough of anything from New Mexico to suggest the rematch will be any different result than what happened the first time. Boise State has played the tougher schedule and made their way through it realtively unscathed, and I think this is a team to watch as the season rolls on. I’ll lay the points with Boise State in this game.