Abilene Christian Wildcats (23-9) vs. New Mexico State Aggies (25-6)
March 12, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: New Mexico State Aggies -4 / Abilene Christian Wildcats +4; Over/Under: -135.5
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The Abilene Christian Wildcats and New Mexico State Aggies meet Saturday in the college basketball WAC Final at the Orleans Arena. The Abilene Christian Wildcats look to build on their five-game winning streak. The New Mexico State Aggies look for a win after winning 10 of their last 13 games.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats are averaging 76.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 66 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Airion Simmons is averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds, while Coryon Mason is averaging 11.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Mahki Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Steele is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Abilene Christian Wildcats are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Abilene Christian Wildcats are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game.
The New Mexico State Aggies are averaging 71.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 63.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Teddy Allen is averaging 19.6 points and 6.9 rebounds, while Sir’Jabari Rice is averaging 12.3 points and 3.3 assists. Johnny McCants is dishing 2.3 assists and Donnie Tillman is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The New Mexico State Aggies are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The New Mexico State Aggies are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Aggies are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games. The over is 7-0 in Aggies last 7 neutral site games. The over is 7-0 in Aggies last 7 neutral site games as a favorite.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats can not be overlooked, as they’ve made the big dance twice recently and are a program that believes it can win every time it takes the floor. However, the New Mexico State Aggies are just a different level this season with their consistency, and they play elite level defense. New Mexico State also made light work of Abilene Christian in the only meeting this year. New Mexico State is just the easier team to trust here, and we’re not being asked to lay much.