New Mexico Lobos vs Boise State Broncos Prediction, 12/23/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Mexico Lobos vs Boise State Broncos
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: ExtraMile Arena in Boise, ID
Odds/Point Spread: New Mexico (+12.5)
ExtraMile Arena is the site where and the Boise State Broncos (5-1) will take on the New Mexico Lobos (3-1) on Wednesday. New Mexico opens this contest as 12.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 141.5.
New Mexico will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 3-1 on the year. They have an average of 79.8 points per contest (79th in the country) while going 46.3% from the floor. The Lobos are hitting 31.3% on shots from beyond the arc (21 of 67) and 58.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, New Mexico is snagging 51.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 57 assists so far this season, which ranks 266th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 14.3 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 14.0 personal fouls per game. Defensively, the Lobos are forcing their opponents into 13.3 turnovers per game and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. They relinquish 32.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 96th in the nation in opponents PPG (65.3). The Lobos are giving up a FG percentage of 37.8% (94 of 249) and they surrender 29.5 rebounds per contest as a unit. They rank 58th in college hoops in giving up assists with 53 conceded on the season.
The New Mexico Lobos faced off with the Boise State Broncos and ended up losing by a score of 77-53 in their last game. New Mexico ended having earned a 33.9% FG percentage (19 out of 56) and buried 5 of their 15 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Lobos converted 10 of their 19 attempts for a rate of 52.6%. Pertaining to rebounding, they earned 27 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 8 assists in the matchup while getting 3 steals and 2 rejections. When discussing defending, New Mexico allowed 33.9% from the floor on 19 of 56. Boise State dished out 19 dimes and 10 steals in this contest. Moreover, the Broncos collected 33 rebounds (7 offensive, 26 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Boise State shot 60.0% when shooting free throws by making 12 of their 20 shots. They knocked down 5 of their 15 shots from distance.
Makuach Maluach is one guy who saw a lot of action in this game. He totaled 13 points on 5 out of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 27 mins played and also grabbed 3 boards. Maluach finished the game at 41.7% from the floor and earned 2 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in this contest for the Lobos was Kurt Wegscheider. He collected 2 boards and also earned 2 assists. He finished the contest at 75.0% from the field in this contest by shooting 3-of-4 (8 points). When the final whistle blew, Wegscheider saw the court for 15 minutes.
Boise State has a record of 5-1 for the season. Boise State has accounted for 451 points on the year (75.2 per game) and they collect 38.2 boards per game. The Broncos commit 18.2 fouls per game while shooting 66.9% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Broncos are shooting 44.9% from the field, which is 174th in college basketball. They are assisting teammates 14.3 times per game (130th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.0 times per game. The Broncos defensively are ranked 22nd in college basketball in points given up per game with 59.0. The Boise State defense gives up 27.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (31 of 113) and opponents are knocking down 70.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 8.3 dimes and 33.3 boards per game, which is 9th and 106th in the country. They are forcing their opponents into 17.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 38.4% from the floor (44th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Boise State Broncos walked away with a victory by a final of 77-53 when they faced the New Mexico Lobos. The Broncos were able to pull down 26 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 33 in the game. They also rejected 5 shots while recording 10 steals in this game. The Lobos were called for 18 fouls in the matchup which got the Broncos to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to make 12 of them for a percentage of 60.0%. When it comes to shots from downtown, Boise State knocked down 5 out of their 15 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Broncos finished 30 out of 52 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.7%. The Broncos allowed the Lobos to make 19 of 56 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 33.9% for the game. They finished 33.3% from distance by shooting 5 out of 15 and ended up shooting 10 of 19 from the free throw line (52.6%). In reference to rebounds, Boise State permitted New Mexico to get 27 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Rayj Dennis was pivotal for the Broncos in the game. He converted 7 out of 11 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 63.6%, which gave him 16 points. Dennis snagged 3 rebounds in his 36 minutes played and had 5 dimes for the game. An additional guy who saw a lot of minutes for Boise State was Emmanuel Akot. He racked up 12 points in 33 minutes played by way of 4 of 8 shooting in this contest. Akot ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field as well as contributing 4 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boise State (-12.5)
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