New Mexico Lobos vs Air Force Falcons Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Mexico Lobos vs Air Force Falcons
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
Odds/Point Spread: New Mexico (+1)
Clune Arena is the site where and the Air Force Falcons (4-17) will play the New Mexico Lobos (6-13) on Wednesday. Air Force opens this game as 1-point favorites. The over/under opens at 128.
New Mexico comes into this game with a win-loss record of 6-13 this season. The Lobos are shooting 26.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (81 of 309) and 59.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 64.8 points per contest (314th in the country) while connecting on 41.4% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.8 times per contest and as a team they commit 17.7 fouls every game. As a team, New Mexico is snagging 39.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 232 assists this season, which has them ranked 228th in the country in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Lobos are forcing 13.1 turnovers every game while drawing 17.9 personal fouls. They are giving up 33.9% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 200th in college basketball in points per game allowed (70.7). The Lobos are allowing a FG percentage of 43.4% (473 of 1,091) and they concede 34.7 boards per contest as a group. They are 211th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 263 relinquished so far this year.
The New Mexico Lobos faced off with the Falcons and took home the win by a score of 73-65 in their last contest. New Mexico finished having earned a 58.8% FG percentage (30 of 51) and converted 2 of 9 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Lobos knocked down 11 of 16 tries for a rate of 68.8%. When discussing pulling down boards, they compiled 35 with 9 of them being offensive. They also distributed 22 assists in this contest in addition to earning 7 steals and 2 rejections. In the matter of defending, New Mexico allowed their opponent to shoot 58.8% from the floor on 30 of 51 shooting. Air Force totaled 14 assists and had 12 steals for this game. Additionally, the Falcons snagged 19 rebounds (6 offensive, 13 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Air Force walked away from this one shooting 68.4% at the charity stripe by converting 13 of their 19 tries. They converted 6 of 24 tries from 3-point range.
Makuach Maluach is a player who was a contributor in the matchup. He ended up scoring 22 points on 8 of 18 shooting. He played for 31 mins and grabbed 7 boards. Maluach finished the contest at 44.4% from the field and also earned 2 assists. Someone else that came through in this matchup for the Lobos was Bayron Matos. He collected 7 boards and had 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 85.7% from the field in this contest by shooting 6-of-7 (13 points). In all, Matos was on the court for 23 min.
Air Force has a record of 4-17 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Falcons are shooting 45.5% from the floor, which is ranked 106th in the country. Air Force has accumulated 1,261 pts so far this year (60.0 per contest) and they pull down 23.3 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 12.5 times per game (233rd in the nation) and they turn it over 14.3 times per contest. The Falcons have committed 16.4 personal fouls every game and they shoot 69.9% from the charity stripe. The Falcons on the defensive side of the court are 233rd in the country in PPG allowed with 72.2. The Air Force defense concedes 37.5% on 3-point shots (166 of 443) and opponents are knocking down 67.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 14.8 assists and 34.0 rebounds every game, ranking them 290th and 135th in the nation. They are forcing their opponents into 13.3 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 50.0% from the field (343rd in the country).
In their loss to New Mexico, the Falcons snagged 13 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 19 in the game. They also stuffed 2 attempts while getting 12 steals for this contest. The Lobos committed 12 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Falcons to the free throw line for 19 attempts. They were able to make 13 of them for a rate of 68.4%. Concerning shooting from distance, Air Force buried 6 of their 24 tries (25.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Falcons ended up shooting 23 out of 54 from the field which had them shooting 42.6%. The Falcons permitted the Lobos to bury 30 of 51 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 58.8% in the game. They finished 22.2% from three-point range by connecting on 2 of 9 and finished the contest at 11 out of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%). When it comes to rebounding, Air Force allowed New Mexico to collect 35 overall (9 on the offensive side).
A.J. Walker pitched in for the Falcons for this contest. He buried 9 of 19 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 47.4%, which earned him 26 points. Walker collected 2 boards in his 40 minutes and tallied 3 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Air Force was Chris Joyce. He accumulated 16 points in 38 minutes played by going 7 out of 17 from the floor for the game. Joyce walked away from this one going 41.2% from the field while also collecting 2 assists and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New Mexico (+1)
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