Utah State vs New Mexico Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/9/23
New Mexico Lobos (21-10) vs. Utah State Aggies (24-7)
March 9, 2023 11:30 pm EDT
The Line: Utah State Aggies -3.5 / New Mexico Lobos +3.5; Over/Under: +165.5
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The New Mexico Lobos and Utah State Aggies meet Thursday in the college basketball MWC Tournament Quarterfinal at the Thomas & Mack Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The New Mexico Lobos are averaging 81.2 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 73.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Jamal Mashburn Jr. is averaging 19.5 points and 3.2 rebounds, while Jaelen House is averaging 16.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Morris Udeze is the third double-digit scorer and Josiah Allick is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The New Mexico Lobos are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The New Mexico Lobos are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game.
The Utah State Aggies are averaging 79.1 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Steven Ashworth is averaging 16.3 points and 3.4 rebounds, while Taylor Funk is averaging 13.2 points and 1.7 assists. Dan Akin is the third double-digit scorer and Max Shulga is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Utah State Aggies are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Utah State Aggies are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game.
The Utah State Aggies finished up the regular season playing like the team we saw earlier in the year, and that includes winning by an average of 14.4 points on 51.3 percent shooting in their last 5 games. Utah State is 5-1 ATS this season when favorites of 5 or fewer points. Throw in the rest advantage and this should be a decent sized win for the Aggies.