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New Mexico vs. Colorado State - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado State at New Mexico
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Dreamstyle Arena
Albuquerque, NM
The Line
New Mexico Lobos -1.5 -- O/U: 157
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Colorado State Rams and the New Mexico Lobos meet in Mountain West college basketball action from the Dreamstyle Arena on Saturday night.

The Colorado State Rams will look to build on their 3rd straight win coming in the form of a 76-62 win over Boise State in their last outing. Nico Carvacho led the Rams with 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting with a game-high 14 rebounds and 5 assists while Adam Thistlewood chipped in 14 points. Kris Martin scored 13 points while Kendle Moore and J.D. Paige each had 10 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Colorado State in the win with Moore adding a pair of threes and a pair of blocks while Paige had a pair of steals. Carvacho leads the Rams by averaging a double-double per game with 16 points and 13 rebounds per game while Paige leads Colorado State in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Colorado State is averaging 75.5 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

The New Mexico Lobos could use a win after losing 3 straight and 7 of their last 9 games following an 89-82 loss to the San Jose State Spartans last time out. Keith McGee led the Lobos with 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 5 assists while Carlton Bragg and Corey Manigault each had 17 points. Bragg shot 7 of 13 with a whopping 16 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double while Manigault shot 8 of 12 with 8 rebounds. Makuach Maluach had 14 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists of his own to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for New Mexico in the losing effort. Vance Jackson added 4 points and 9 rebounds as well in the loss. Anthony Mathis was held to just 5 points on 1 of 14 shooting from the floor but still leads New Mexico in scoring with 15.1 points per game while Jackson leads the Lobos in rebounding and assists with 7.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game this season. As a team, New Mexico is averaging 76 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field, 34.8% from 3-point range and 69.8% from the foul line this season.

Colorado State is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. New Mexico is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 conference games. Colorado State is 5-12 ATS in the last 17 meetings between these two teams at New Mexico.

Getting points with New Mexico at home is tempting, but there’s no way I’m backing the Lobos after putting up a stinker against San Jose State. The Spartans are far and away the worst team in the conference, so if the Lobos can’t beat the Spartans, how can I expect New Mexico to hang against a Colorado State team that’s been solid against the numbers as of late, both overall and on the road. I just have a hard time seeing New Mexico as a favorite here, but I'm not complaining. Give me Colorado State and the points in this one.

Pick:
Colorado State +1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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