The New Mexico State Aggies and the New Mexico Lobos meet in college basketball action from the Pit on Saturday night.
The New Mexico State Aggies will try to rebound from a 67-64 loss to UTEP in their last game. Deshawndre Washington leads the Aggies across the board in scoring, rebounding and assists with 17.5 PPG, 11 RPG and 6 APG while Issa Muhammad has 14 PPG with 4.5 RPG and Xavier Pinson has 12 PPG with 4.5 RPG and 4.5 APG this season. Marchelus Avery has 10 PPG with 4.5 RPG to finish off the scoring in double figures for New Mexico State so far this season. As a team, New Mexico State is averaging 82.5 PPG on 49.2% shooting from the field, 32.7% from three and 64.5% from the foul line this season.
The New Mexico Lobos will be looking to build on their 84-63 road win over SMU last time out. Jaelen Houst leads the Lobos in scoring with 20.7 PPG and in assists with 6.3 APG while Jamal Mashburn Jr. has 18.7 PPG and 4 RPG. Morris Udeze’s chipping in 16.7 PPG with 5.3 APG and Josiah Allick has 10.3 PPG with a team-high 8.7 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for New Mexico as the team’s top rebounder. As a team, New Mexico is averaging 84.3 PPG on 48.1% shooting from the field, 42.7% from three and 67.9% from the foul line this season.
New Mexico State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games. New Mexico is 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but truth be told, I think the better play is the over. This rivalry tends to see points come in bunches on the scoreboard and it continues to be the case no matter who is on the team, year in and year out, the over hits between the Aggies and Lobos. I think this meeting is no different than the rest. Give me the over.