New Mexico State Aggies vs Connecticut Huskies Prediction, 3/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Mexico State Aggies vs Connecticut Huskies
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: New Mexico State (+7)
The New Mexico State Aggies (26-6) are on their way to KeyBank Center on Thursday where they will take on the Connecticut Huskies (23-9). New Mexico State is 7-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 132.5.
The New Mexico State Aggies stepped onto the hardwood against Abilene Christian and notched a win by a score of 66-52 in their last contest. With respect to personal fouls, the Aggies walked away with 17 while Abilene Christian racked up 18 personal fouls. They also made 6 out of their 22 attempts from beyond the arc. Abilene Christian ended up shooting 75.0% when shooting free throws by burying 12 of their 16 attempts. On top of that, Abilene Christian pulled down 21 rebounds (4 offensive, 17 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Abilene Christian distributed 6 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. Regarding defending, New Mexico State allowed the other team to shoot 32.7% from the field on 17 out of 52 shooting. They also distributed 12 assists in this matchup while forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they earned 40 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Aggies made 18 of 23 tries for a percentage of 78.3%. New Mexico State wrapped up the game with a 37.7% FG percentage (20 out of 53) and made 8 of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Clayton Henry is a guy who was a contributor in this contest. He recorded 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 minutes played and totaled 8 rebounds. He ended up going 54.5% from the floor and also earned 1 assist.
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New Mexico State will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 26-6 this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per contest and as a unit they commit 15.9 fouls per game. As a team, New Mexico State is grabbing 38.5 boards per game and is sitting with 445 dimes for the campaign, which is 102nd in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Aggies are shooting 32.6% on shots from distance (251 of 769) and 69.8% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 73.3 points per outing (116th in the country) while hitting 45.7% from the floor.
On defense, the Aggies are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.0 fouls. They relinquish 30.3% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 53rd in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (65.0). The Aggies defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 39.1% (732 of 1,874) and they surrender 31.2 rebounds per game as a team. They currently rank 95th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 357 relinquished so far this season.
For their last game, the Connecticut Huskies took a loss by a score of 63-60 when they faced Villanova. The Huskies were able to pull down 25 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards totaling 38 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 7 times, while earning 4 steals in the matchup. Villanova had 11 fouls in this matchup which took the Huskies to the charity stripe for a total of 13 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 61.5%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Connecticut converted 8 of 22 tries (36.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Huskies ended up shooting 22 for 58 from the field which had them shooting 37.9%. The Huskies permitted Villanova to make 23 out of their 54 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 42.6% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 10 of 30 and finished the game at 7 of 8 from the free throw line (87.5%). When talking about team rebounding, Connecticut allowed Villanova to snag 25 in all (3 on the offensive glass).
Tyrese Martin was important for the Huskies in this matchup. He made 7 out of 17 for the game for a field goal rate of 41.2%, and added 7 rebounds. He had 19 points in his 36 mins on the court, but wasn't able to notch an assist.
Connecticut has a mark of 23-9 on the season. As an offense, the Huskies are connecting on 43.6% from the floor, which ranks them 214th in the country. Connecticut has accumulated 2,406 pts on the campaign (75.2 per game) and they grab 40.9 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 14.0 times per game (105th in the country) and they are giving up possession 11.9 times per contest. The Huskies are committing 16.8 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 75.0% from the charity stripe.
The Connecticut defense concedes 34.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (207 of 600) and their opponents are knocking down 68.0% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 10.2 dimes and 33.1 total boards per game, which is 26th and 102nd in those defensive categories. The Huskies defensively are ranked 58th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 65.2. They are forcing 12.3 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.1% from the field (33rd in the country).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New Mexico State (+7)
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