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Wyoming vs. New Mexico - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Mexico at Wyoming
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Laramie, WY
The Line
New Mexico Lobos -4.5 -- O/U: 142.5
TV Channel
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The New Mexico Lobos and the Wyoming Cowboys square off in Mountain West college basketball action from the Arena-Auditorium on Saturday evening.

The New Mexico Lobos come into this game looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 73-72 win over Boise State in their last outing. Corey Manigault led the Lobos with 19 points on 5 of 11 shooting with a 9 of 9 mark from the foul line and 6 rebounds. Vance Jackson came 2nd with 12 points while Carlton Bragg and Keith McGee each had 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for New Mexico in the win. Bragg added team-highs of 9 rebounds and 3 blocks while McGee shot 4 of 8 with 3 threes. Anthony Mathis was held to just 6 points but still leads New Mexico in scoring with 14.8 points per game while Jackson leads the Lobos with averages of 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season. As a team, New Mexico is averaging 75.9 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the 3-point line and 69.8% from the foul line this season.

The Wyoming Cowboys will look to finish strong after an 81-71 win over San Jose State in their last outing. Justin James led the Cowboys with 25 points along with 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the double-double while Jake Hendricks added 20 points with 6 threes. A.J. Banks chipped in 13 points while Trevon Taylor added 10 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Wyoming in the winning effort. James leads Wyoming with an average of 21.6 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Wyoming is averaging 65 points per game on 41.4% shooting from the field, 34.2% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

New Mexico is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 18-41 ATS in their last 59 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Wyoming is 9-21-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 home games while the under is 13-6 in their last 19 conference games. New Mexico is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

A home dog can be tempting, but I’ve said it all season, and I’m not going to change in the last game of the year, Wyoming is a must-fade every time the Cowboys are on the board as it pays off more often than it doesn’t. This Cowboys team still relies too heavily on Justin James for results, and a win over a bad San Jose State team doesn’t move the needle on Wyoming in my opinion. New Mexico has had issues ATS both overall lately and on the road dating back a couple of seasons, but the Lobos have had success in this matchup and are simply the more trustworthy team here, so I’ll lay the points with New Mexico in this one.

New Mexico -4.5

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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