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New Mexico vs. North Texas - 12/18/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Texas Mean Green (10-1) at New Mexico Lobos (5-4)
Date & Time Tuesday December 18, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New Mexico Lobos -3 -- Over/Under: 150.5
TV Channel
MWC
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The North Texas Mean Green and New Mexico Lobos meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Dreamstyle Arena.

The North Texas Mean Green look for a statement road win to build on their impressive 10-1 record. The North Texas Mean Green are averaging 77 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 58.7 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Umoja Gibson is averaging 13.7 points and 2.3 rebounds while Ryan Woolridge is averaging 13.1 points and 5.4 assists. Zachary Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Jorden Duffy is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The North Texas Mean Green are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The North Texas Mean Green are allowing 27.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game. The North Texas Mean Green have lost five of their last eight road games.

The New Mexico Lobos look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New Mexico Lobos are averaging 80.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 83.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Anthony Mathis is averaging 14.9 points and 1.8 assists while Vance Jackson is averaging 11.4 points and seven rebounds. Corey Manigault is the third double-digit scorer and Makuach Maluach is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The New Mexico Lobos are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The New Mexico Lobos are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The New Mexico Lobos have won three of their last five home games.

The Mean Green Eagles are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lobos are 1-12-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. Conference USA, 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Lobos last 10 overall. The under is 6-1 in Mean Green Eagles last 7 Tuesday games.

The North Texas Mean Green are playing some really impressive basketball at the moment, but they've had issues on the road dating back to last season and a lot of their wins this year have come against subpar teams. I'm not ready to buy in on what North Texas is doing just yet. The New Mexico Lobos have been hit or miss, but they do look like the Lobos of old at home where they're shooting 48 percent from the field and outscoring teams by 3.6 points. I'll lay the bucket with New Mexico at home.

Pick:
New Mexico Lobos -3

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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