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New Mexico State vs Sam Houston State Prediction Basketball Picks 2-22-24

Sam Houston State Bearkats (15-11) vs. New Mexico State Aggies (11-15)
February 22, 2024 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: New Mexico State Aggies +1; Over/Under: +137.5
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The Sam Houston State Bearkats and the New Mexico State Aggies meet Thursday in college basketball action from Pan American Center. Sam Houston State is sitting at 15-11 on the year after a win over Liberty on Saturday. As for New Mexico State, they lost to Western Kentucky over the weekend, falling to 11-15 overall. Let’s get into our Sam Houston State vs. New Mexico State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Sam Houston State Bearkats

The Bearkats limped to a 6-8 start to the year, but then beat Dallas, LA Tech, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, UTEP and Western Kentucky again in the next eight. After losses to FIU and Jacksonville State, the Bearkats beat FIU and Liberty in the next pair.

In the Liberty game on Saturday, the Bearkats stormed out to a 50-27 edge by halftime. Sam Houston cruised on a 46-33 deficit from there and eventually pulled off the win 83-73. Leading team scorer Davon Barnes put up 16 points with five rebounds and one assist in 34 minutes during the victory.

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New Mexico State Aggies

Over on the Aggies’ side, they started out the year on a pretty sketchy 9-10 run. Since January 20, New Mexico State has gone just 2-5 with losses to Sam Houston State, LA Tech, UTEP, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky alongside wins over Liberty and Jacksonville State.

In the Western Kentucky matchup over the weekend, the Aggies took a 33-33 tie into the locker room. New Mexico State faltered on a 39-25 run from there however and lost 72-58 in the end. Tops in scoring were Jaden Harris and Femi Odukale, each with 13 points in the defeat.


I’ll stay with Sam Houston here. The Bearkats pulled off a pretty solid win over a decent Liberty team in their last outing, shooting a nice 54.9 percent from the field with 30 rebounds and 13 assists. Sam Houston has scored 68 or more points in four of the last five games, going 3-2 during that time.

These teams saw each other last back on January 25 in a 79-67 home win for the Bearkats. Sam Houston didn’t shoot very well in that one (41.7 percent) but held a 45-35 advantage on the boards (18-7 offensive) and scored 17 points off 12 Aggies turnovers. New Mexico State will likely sharpen up in this one, but I like Sam Houston to eke out a cover/win in the end all the same.

Andrew's Free Pick: Sam Houston State Bearkats -1

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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