New Mexico Lobos vs Colorado State Rams Prediction, 2/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Mexico Lobos vs Colorado State Rams
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Location: Moby Arena in Fort Collins, CO
Odds/Point Spread: New Mexico (+17.5)
The Colorado State Rams (14-4) play the New Mexico Lobos (5-11) at Moby Arena on Tuesday. New Mexico opens this matchup as 17.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 133.
New Mexico heads into this matchup with a record of 5-11 this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.6 times per contest and as a team are committing 17.4 personal fouls every game. As a team, New Mexico is grabbing 39.6 boards per game and is sitting with 184 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 240th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Lobos are shooting 25.4% on shots from 3-point land (69 of 272) and 60.7% from the charity stripe. They average 63.6 points per contest (323rd in college hoops) while hitting 39.9% from the floor. On defense, the Lobos are forcing 13.1 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.9 fouls. They currently rank 228th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 223 surrendered so far this year. The Lobos defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 43.3% (396 of 914) and they relinquish 35.2 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are conceding 34.1% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 169th in college hoops in points per game allowed (69.8).
The New Mexico Lobos faced off with the Fresno State Bulldogs and took a loss by a score of 65-55 in their last contest. New Mexico finished the game with a 35.4% field goal percentage (23 out of 65) and made 5 of their 23 3-pointers. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Lobos converted 4 of 9 shots for a percentage of 44.4%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they collected 37 with 18 of them being offensive. They also distributed 8 assists in this game as well as getting 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. Pertaining to defending, New Mexico let their opponent shoot 35.4% from the floor on 23 of 65 shooting. Fresno State dished out 14 assists and had 9 steals for this game. Moreover, the Bulldogs grabbed 25 boards (5 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Fresno State shot 75.0% when shooting free throws by burying 18 of 24 tries. They converted 7 of their 24 attempts from downtown.
Makuach Maluach is one player who had an impact in this matchup. He accumulated 11 points on 5 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins played and pulled down 8 boards. Maluach finished shooting 29.4% from the field and also totaled 3 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Lobos was Jeremiah Francis. He snagged 2 boards and had 2 dimes. He finished 30.8% from the field in this matchup by hitting 4-of-13 (10 points). When all was said and done, Francis played for 28 min.
Colorado State has a win-loss record of 14-4 on the year. When it comes to offense, the Rams are hitting on 48.1% from the floor, which ranks them 40th in the country. Colorado State has 1,354 points on the campaign (75.2 per game) and they grab 34.4 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 14.8 times per game (88th in D-1) and they lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest. The Rams have committed 16.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.7% from the charity stripe. The Rams on the defensive end are ranked 78th in college hoops in PPG given up with 66.4. The Colorado State defense surrenders 29.8% on 3-pointers (141 of 473) and opponents are knocking down 62.9% of their foul shots. They have allowed 12.7 assists and 33.3 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 159th and 102nd in the nation. They are able to force 13.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.3% from the floor (85th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Colorado State Rams got the victory with a final of 68-59 when they faced the Wyoming Cowboys. The Rams were able to corral 28 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 35 for this contest. They rejected 2 shots while earning 8 steals for the matchup. The Cowboys committed 19 fouls for this game which got the Rams to the free throw line for 25 shots. They were able to make 19 of the free throws for a rate of 76.0%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Colorado State converted 3 out of 17 tries (17.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Rams ended up going 23 for 45 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.1%. The Rams allowed the Cowboys to bury 21 out of their 54 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 38.9% for the game. They finished shooting 23.1% from behind the 3-point line via 6 out of 26 and finished the contest at 11 of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). In relation to rebounds, Colorado State allowed Wyoming to snag 23 overall (5 offensive).
David Roddy was important for the Rams for the matchup. He made 5 out of 7 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 71.4%, which had him finishing with 15 points. Roddy snagged 11 boards in his 26 mins and totaled 2 assists in this contest. Another guy who was a determining factor for Colorado State was Isaiah Stevens. He ended up finishing with 14 points in 37 minutes on the court by going 4 out of 12 from the floor in this game. Stevens finished going 33.3% from the floor and also earning 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Mexico (+17.5)
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