Utah State Aggies (8-3) at New Mexico Lobos (3-5)
College Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Rip Griffin Center)
The Line: New Mexico Lobos +14 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Utah State Aggies and the New Mexico Lobos meet Friday in college basketball action from Dreamstyle Arena.
Utah State enters this one at 8-3 so far. The Aggies are riding a seven-game winning streak right now, most recently taking out New Mexico on Wednesday. As for the Lobos, they’re 3-5 this year. New Mexico has lost five games in a row to Boise State, Nevada and Utah State. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Utah State opened up the year with a 1-3 run, falling to VCU, SD State and BYU during that stretch. Since then it’s been seven straight wins for the Aggies; they’ve taken out College of Idaho, Northern Colorado, San Jose State, Air Force and New Mexico.
In Wednesday’s 77-45 win over the Lobos, Utah State’s top scorer was Neemias Queta with 18 points and five rebounds. Marco Anthony added 15 points with six rebounds and two assists, and Alphonso Anderson managed 14 points with six rebounds in 15 minutes of play.
Over on the Lobos’ side, they started out the year with three straight wins over Rice, Our Lady of the Lake and LeTourneau but have since lost five straight. Those defeats have come courtesy of Boise State (twice), Nevada (twice) and Utah State.
In Wednesday’s loss, New Mexico’s only double-digit scorer was Keith McGee with 10 points, two rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes of action. Saquan Singleton chipped in with nine points and three rebounds in 18 minutes as well.
The Lobos are 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games. New Mexico is 0-4 ATS in their last four after an ATS loss and the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 overall.
Meanwhile, the Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. Utah State is 5-0 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 Friday games.
PICK: I’m sticking with Utah State in this one. Wednesday’s game between these teams was decided quickly, with the Aggies jumping out to a dominant 41-18 lead at halftime. New Mexico didn’t get much better after that, scoring just 27 points in the second half. This should be another dominant effort from Utah State, and I don’t see New Mexico getting anywhere close.