Air Force Falcons vs New Mexico Lobos Prediction, 2/26/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Air Force Falcons vs New Mexico Lobos
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Location: The Pit in Albuquerque, NM
The Pit is the location where the New Mexico Lobos (11-17) will take on the Air Force Falcons (10-16) on Saturday.
The Air Force Falcons played Fresno State and took a loss by a final of 65-40 in their last game. Air Force ended with a 30.0% FG percentage (15 of 50) and buried 7 out of their 28 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Falcons buried 3 of 3 shots for a rate of 100.0%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned 15 with 2 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 10 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing 11 turnovers and having 4 steals. Concerning the defense, Air Force allowed their opponent to shoot 57.5% from the field on 23 out of 40 shooting. Fresno State distributed 15 dimes and had 2 steals in the game. Moreover, Fresno State pulled down 32 rebounds (3 offensive, 29 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Fresno State ended up going 87.5% from the charity stripe by making 14 of 16 tries. They converted 5 out of their 14 tries from three-point range. With respect to personal fouls, the Falcons ended up finishing with 15 and Fresno State recorded 12 personal fouls.
Jake Heidbreder is a player who was a major contributor in the matchup. He finished shooting 50.0% from the field and totaled 1 assist. He was on the court for 38 minutes played and also totaled 1 rebound. He was able to score 14 points on 6 out of 12 shooting.
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Air Force steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 10-16 for the year. They turn it over 13.5 times per contest and as a unit are committing 18.2 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Air Force is snagging 26.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 325 assists this season, which is 245th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Falcons are connecting on 34.1% on three-point attempts (198 of 580) and 65.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 59.0 pts per game (354th in college basketball) while hitting 43.7% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Falcons are forcing their opponents into 12.9 turnovers per game and they draw 16.6 fouls. They are currently ranked 48th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 286 surrendered on the campaign. The Falcons are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.7% (598 of 1,280) and they concede 32.5 boards per game as a unit. They relinquish 31.8% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 74th in college hoops in PPG allowed (65.7).
For their last game, the New Mexico Lobos walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 81-56 when they faced Utah State. When it comes to cleaning up the glass, New Mexico allowed Utah State to grab 38 in all (3 on the offensive side). They finished 36.4% from 3-point land by hitting 8 of 22 and finished the contest at 9 out of 10 from the free throw line (90.0%). The Lobos permitted Utah State to convert 32 of 61 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 52.5% in this game. Overall, the Lobos walked away from this one shooting 24 out of 66 from the field which had them shooting 36.4%. When discussing 3-point shots, New Mexico buried 5 of their 17 tries (29.4%). They were able to bury 3 of the free throw tries for a clip of 30.0%. Utah State was called for 12 personal fouls for this contest which got the Lobos to the free throw line for a total of 10 attempts. They gave up possession 8 times, while recording 5 steals in this game. The Lobos pulled down 25 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 33 for the game.
Jay Allen-Tovar ended up having an impact for the Lobos in this contest. He recorded 11 points in his 26 minutes on the court, but wasn't able to get an assist. He converted 5 of 8 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 62.5%, and tallied 6 rebounds.
New Mexico has a win-loss record of 11-17 for the season. The Lobos have committed 18.4 personal fouls per game while shooting 73.8% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 12.0 times per contest (257th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 11.9 times per contest. New Mexico has earned 2,091 pts for the year (74.7 per game) and they snag 33.9 boards per game. As an offense, the Lobos are shooting 43.8% from the field, which ranks them 200th in D-1.
The New Mexico defense gives up 32.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (185 of 566) and their opponents are converting on 74.2% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 14.1 dimes and 37.9 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 285th and 331st in Division 1. The Lobos defensively are ranked 327th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 76.0. They have forced 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.6% from the field (306th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Mexico
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