New Mexico Lobos vs Nevada Wolf Pack Prediction, 1/1/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Mexico Lobos vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Date: Saturday, January 1, 2022
Location: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV
The New Mexico Lobos (7-6) are on their way to Lawlor Events Center on Saturday where they will take on the Nevada Wolf Pack (6-5).
The New Mexico Lobos stepped onto the hardwood against Norfolk State and earned the victory with a final of 68-54 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Lobos walked away with 12 while Norfolk State accumulated 18 fouls. They also converted 5 of 23 shots from three-point range. Norfolk State finished shooting 81.8% at the charity stripe by burying 9 of 11 tries. In addition, Norfolk State pulled down 38 boards (9 offensive, 29 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Norfolk State earned 11 dimes and had 4 steals for the contest. When discussing the defense, New Mexico allowed 31.7% from the floor on 20 out of 63 shooting. They also dished out 14 assists for this contest while forcing 12 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they collected 46 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. When they shot from the free throw line, the Lobos converted 12 of their 17 shots for a percentage of 70.6%. New Mexico ended the contest having earned a 34.8% field goal percentage (24 of 69) and made 8 of their 35 shots from downtown.
Jaelen House is someone who was a contributor in the matchup. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field and also distributed 6 assists. He saw the court for 27 minutes played and also pulled down 3 boards. He accounted for 16 points on 4 out of 8 shooting.
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New Mexico comes into this game with a record of 7-6 this season. They currently have an average of 79.5 pts per contest (42nd in Division 1) while hitting 43.5% from the field. The Lobos are shooting 32.9% on shots from beyond the arc (98 of 298) and 75.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, New Mexico is pulling down 36.1 boards per game and has accumulated 166 dimes for the campaign, which is 167th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 11.2 times per contest and as a squad are committing 18.1 fouls per contest.
When they are on defense, the Lobos are forcing their opponents into 14.2 turnovers per game and they draw 20.5 fouls. They rank 288th in D-1 in giving up assists with 178 conceded so far this year. The Lobos defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 44.3% (358 of 808) and they concede 39.8 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They give up 33.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 330th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (76.9).
The last time they took the court, the Nevada Wolf Pack took a loss by a final score of 88-61 when they faced Kansas. The Wolf Pack were able to corral 23 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for this game. They coughed up the ball 20 times, while earning 5 steals for the contest. Kansas committed 18 fouls in this matchup which took the Wolf Pack to the free throw line for 16 attempts. They were able to bury 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 68.8%. When it comes to three-point shots, Nevada buried 8 of their 27 attempts (29.6%). Overall, the Wolf Pack went 21 out of 56 from the floor which had them at 37.5%. The Wolf Pack permitted Kansas to convert 35 out of 65 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 53.8% for the matchup. They finished 38.9% from 3-point land via 7 out of 18 and ended up shooting 11 out of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%). In relation to how they rebounded, Nevada permitted Kansas to pull down 37 in all (8 offensive).
Grant Sherfield was important for the Wolf Pack for the contest. He knocked down 7 out of 17 for the game for a field goal rate of 41.2%, and totaled 5 rebounds. He had 16 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood and added 4 dimes for this contest.
Nevada has a win-loss mark of 6-5 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Wolf Pack are hitting on 44.7% from the field, which ranks 159th in the nation. Nevada has totaled 853 points on the campaign (77.5 per game) and they pull in 37.6 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 16.5 times per contest (38th in the nation) and they are turning it over 13.9 times per contest. The Wolf Pack commit 16.2 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 77.5% from the charity stripe.
The Nevada defense allows 34.1% on shots from 3-point land (101 of 296) and their opposition knocks down 67.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 15.2 dimes and 36.3 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 328th and 255th in Division 1. The Wolf Pack defensively are ranked 313th in college hoops in PPG given up with 75.6. They have forced 13.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.0% from the field (259th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Nevada
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