Utah State Aggies vs New Mexico Lobos Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah State Aggies vs New Mexico Lobos
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Dreamstyle Arena in Albuquerque, NM
Odds/Point Spread: Utah State (-12)
The New Mexico Lobos (3-4) play the Utah State Aggies (7-3) at Dreamstyle Arena on Wednesday. Utah State opens this contest as 12-point favorites. The total is set at 139.
Utah State comes into this game with a mark of 7-3 on the season. They average 77.4 pts per game (97th in Division 1) while hitting 45.9% from the field. The Aggies are connecting on 33.7% on three-point shots (65 of 193) and 70.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Utah State is snagging 41.2 rebounds per contest and has totaled 159 assists on the year, which is 42nd in Division 1 in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 13.1 times per game and as a team are committing 16.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Aggies are able to force 15.6 turnovers per game and they draw 18.4 fouls. They are currently ranked 214th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 118 conceded this year. The Aggies defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.9% (222 of 556) and they surrender 30.1 boards per game as a squad. They give up 34.6% on 3-point attempts and they are 47th in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (63.5).
The Utah State Aggies faced the Air Force Falcons and earned the victory with a final of 72-53 in their last contest. Utah State wrapped up the game having earned a 54.5% field goal percentage (30 of 55) and buried 7 of their 19 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Aggies converted 5 of their 10 shots for a rate of 50.0%. When talking about hauling in boards, they earned a total of 36 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 15 assists in this game in addition to having 7 steals and 7 rejections. When discussing the defense, Utah State allowed their opponent to shoot 54.5% from the floor on 30 out of 55 shooting. Air Force doled out 8 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Falcons had 19 rebounds (4 offensive, 15 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Air Force went 83.3% from the free throw line by making 10 of their 12 tries. They also buried 5 out of their 14 tries from beyond the arc.
Neemias Queta is one guy who was a factor for the game. He recorded 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 34 minutes and grabbed 11 rebounds. Queta went 70.0% from the floor and distributed 6 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in the matchup for the Aggies was Justin Bean. He totaled 7 rebounds and also earned 2 assists. He finished the contest at 66.7% from the floor in this matchup by going 6-of-9 (15 points). When the game finished, Bean was on the hardwood for 33 min.
New Mexico has a record of 3-4 for the year. When it comes to offense, the Lobos are hitting on 42.5% from the field, which ranks them 258th in Division 1. New Mexico has earned 499 pts on the year (71.3 per contest) and they pull in 43.4 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 12.7 times per game (225th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 14.1 times per game. The Lobos have committed 16.4 personal fouls every game and they shoot 57.9% from the free throw line. The Lobos are ranked 218th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 71.7. They allow 14.0 assists and 32.1 boards every game, which ranks 245th and 73rd in the country. The New Mexico defense surrenders 35.8% from downtown (67 of 187) and their opponents are knocking down 72.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 12.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.5% from the field (175th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the New Mexico Lobos took a loss by a final score of 84-74 when they played the Nevada Wolf Pack. The Lobos collected 15 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 25 in this matchup. They rejected 2 tries while earning 4 steals in this game. The Wolf Pack committed 26 fouls for this contest which took the Lobos to the free throw line for a total of 29 tries. They were able to knock down 19 of those for a rate of 65.5%. In regard to shots from distance, New Mexico converted 9 of their 23 attempts (39.1%). When the final whistle was blown, the Lobos went 23 for 51 from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.1%. The Lobos permitted the Wolf Pack to bury 25 of 51 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 49.0% in this matchup. They finished 52.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 13 out of 25 and ended up going 21 of 25 at the charity stripe (84.0%). In reference to rebounding, New Mexico permitted Nevada to grab 29 overall (8 offensive).
Keith McGee ended up being a factor for the Lobos in this matchup. He buried 5 of 11 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 45.5%, which had him sitting at 14 points. McGee pulled down 2 boards in his 17 mins and had 2 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for New Mexico was Makuach Maluach. He accumulated 13 points in 35 minutes on the court via 6 of 12 from the floor for the contest. Maluach ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field and also earning 5 dimes and 6 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take New Mexico (+12) and under 139 points
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