New Mexico Lobos vs Fresno State Bulldogs Prediction, 3/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Mexico Lobos vs Fresno State Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Location: Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: New Mexico (+6.5)
The New Mexico Lobos (6-15) go to Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Fresno State Bulldogs (11-11). New Mexico opens this game as 6.5-point dogs. The total opens at 125.5.
New Mexico steps onto the court with a record of 6-15 for the campaign. They turn the ball over 14.8 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 17.7 fouls every game. As a unit, New Mexico is pulling down 38.9 boards per game and is sitting with 262 dimes on the campaign, which is 245th in the nation in terms of passing. The Lobos are connecting on 26.3% on 3-point shots (93 of 354) and 59.4% from the charity stripe. They average 64.7 points per game (316th in the country) while connecting on 41.3% from the field. Defensively, the Lobos are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.9 fouls. They currently rank 211th in the country in allowing assists with 304 surrendered for the year. The Lobos defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.8% (530 of 1,209) and they surrender 35.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 33.9% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 202nd in college basketball in PPG allowed (71.1).
The New Mexico Lobos played the Colorado State Rams and took a loss by a score of 87-73 in their last contest. New Mexico finished the game with a 40.6% FG percentage (26 of 64) and made 7 out of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Lobos made 14 of 23 shots for a percentage of 60.9%. With respect to getting rebounds, they compiled 27 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 20 dimes for the game as well as forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and getting 3 steals. When talking about defense, New Mexico allowed the other team to go 53.0% from the field on 35 out of 66 shooting. Colorado State doled out 27 assists and had 4 steals for this contest. In addition, Colorado State collected 40 rebounds (11 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 4 rejections. Colorado State finished the game shooting 88.9% when shooting free throws by knocking down 8 of their 9 tries. They made 9 out of their 25 tries from distance.
Makuach Maluach is a guy who came through for the matchup. He was able to score 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 30 mins played and grabbed 8 rebounds. Maluach shot 43.8% from the field and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this game for the Lobos was Jeremiah Francis. He pulled down 4 rebounds in 35 min on the basketball court. He finished the game at 33.3% from the floor for the contest by shooting 3-of-9 (10 points). Overall, Francis accounted for 4 assists.
Fresno State has a win-loss record of 11-11 this year. The Bulldogs are responsible for committing 17.5 personal fouls every game and they hit 66.9% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 10.2 times per game (334th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 13.9 times per contest. Fresno State has scored 1,444 pts for the season (65.6 per contest) and they grab 35.6 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Bulldogs are shooting 42.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 276th in the country. The Bulldogs on the defensive side of the court are 79th in the country in points given up per game with 66.8. The Fresno State defense allows 34.4% on shots from beyond the arc (156 of 453) and their opponents are knocking down 74.1% of their foul shots. They have allowed 11.0 assists and 32.7 boards every game, ranking them 44th and 77th in college hoops. They are able to force 13.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.1% from the field (164th in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the Fresno State Bulldogs took a defeat with a final score of 57-51 when they faced the Utah State Aggies. The Bulldogs snagged 21 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 for the contest. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while recording 4 steals in the matchup. The Aggies had 14 personal fouls in this contest which got the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for 9 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw tries for a rate of 88.9%. In reference to three-point attempts, Fresno State made 7 of their 22 tries (31.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Bulldogs ended up shooting 18 for 52 from the field which had them at 34.6%. The Bulldogs allowed the Aggies to make 21 of 52 tries from the field which had them shooting 40.4% for the matchup. They finished 40.0% from 3-point land via 6 of 15 and ended up going 9 out of 16 at the free throw line (56.3%). Regarding rebounding, Fresno State permitted Utah State to grab 35 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Isaiah Hill ended up having an impact for the Bulldogs in this contest. He buried 6 of 11 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 54.5%, and accounted for 8 rebounds. Hill tallied 16 points in his 36 mins of playing time and totaled 5 dimes in this game. Another guy that played a role for Fresno State was Orlando Robinson. He left the arena with 1 assist in his 35 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 4 of 15 from the floor. Robinson ended up shooting 26.7% from the floor as well as earning 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Mexico (+6.5)
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