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Washington State vs. New Mexico State - 12/23/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Mexico State Aggies (9-3) vs. Washington State Cougars (7-4)
Date & Time Sunday December 23, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Washington State Cougars +6.5 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
FS1
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NCAA BB | New Mexico State Aggies (9-3) vs. Washington State Cougars (7-4)
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The New Mexico State Aggies and Washington State Cougars meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Orleans Arena.

The New Mexico State Aggies look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The New Mexico State Aggies are averaging 78.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Ivan Aurrecoechea is averaging 12.5 points and 1.4 assists while A.J. Harris is averaging 11.4 points and 1.5 rebounds. Eli Chuha is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Terrell Brown is dishing 1.3 assists. The New Mexico State Aggies are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Mexico State Aggies are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.8 rebounds per game. The New Mexico State Aggies have split their last four non-home games.

The Washington State Cougars look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Washington State Cougars are averaging 84.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 75.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Robert Franks is averaging 23.8 points and three assists while CJ Elleby is averaging 15.1 points and seven rebounds. Carter Skaggs is grabbing 2.7 rebounds and Ahmed Ali is dishing three assists. The Washington State Cougars are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington State Cougars are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.2 rebounds per game. The Washington State Cougars have lost all four non-home games this season.

The Aggies are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cougars are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Cougars last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Aggies last 7 overall. 

These teams played just a couple of weeks ago and Washington State hung around, losing by just six points. The Washington State Cougars are going to be in a lot of games this year due to their offensive firepower, and they're shooting 50.2 percent from the field in their last five games. The New Mexico State Aggies are the better and more balanced team overall, but the Cougars are shooting the ball well enough to hang around in this contest and given themselves a chance to win late.

Pick:
Washington State Cougars +6.5

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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