New Mexico Lobos vs Stanford Cardinal Free NCAA Basketball Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/18/2014
Friday, March 21, 12:40 PM on TBS
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Opening Lines & Odds - New Mexico -4.5 -- Over/Under: 137
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New Mexico (27-6) is in the NCAA tournament for the third straight season, but they're hoping the coaching switch from Steve Alford to Craig Neal results in a more prolonged postseason stay. Stanford's 21 Pac-12 wins were enough to earn them an at-large bid in the tournament but they're considered slight underdogs with the line opening up at New Mexico -4.5.
Stanford benefits from winning two games in the Pac-12 tournament as they were on shaky ground after losing 3 of 4 to end the season. Stanford proved they can play with the NCAA elite as they've posted wins over UCLA and Oregon on the year while losing by only 3 to both Arizona and Michigan. The Cardinal are making their first tourney appearance since 2008 and will be led by 6'10” Dwight Powell and an experienced starting lineup that features 3 juniors and 2 seniors.
The Lobos feature a defensive minded team led by dual threat point guard Kendall Williams. The 6'4” senior shoots 40% from three point range and is considered one of the best defenders in the NCAA. Cameron Bairstow could also become a household name during the 2014 tourney as the 6'9” Australian averages 20.3 points per game while pulling down 7.4 boards a contest. UNM's monstrous lineup also features 7 footer Alex Kirk who averages 13.6 points and 8.7 rebounds a game.
New Mexico is 17-12-0 ATS this season
New Mexico is 10-15-1 against the over/under this season
Stanford is 17-12-2 ATS this season
Stanford is 13-15-0 against the over/under this season
Injuries to Watch
No injuries to report at this time
12/06/13 G Aaron Bright Shoulder out for season
11/07/13 F Andy Brown Knee out for season
11/07/13 G Christian Sanders Hip out for season
01/11/14 F Rosco Allen Stress Fracture out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Stanford
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