New Mexico Lobos vs Colorado State Rams Prediction, 3/3/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New Mexico Lobos vs Colorado State Rams
Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
Location: Moby Arena in Fort Collins, CO
Moby Arena is where the Colorado State Rams (13-17) will attempt to beat the New Mexico Lobos (21-9) on Friday.
The New Mexico Lobos took the court against Fresno State and earned the victory with a final of 94-80 in their last game. New Mexico walked away from the game with a 58.2% field goal percentage (32 of 55) and converted 8 out of their 15 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Lobos made 22 of their 27 tries for a percentage of 81.5%. Pertaining to rebounding, they earned a total of 29 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 18 dimes for this game as well as creating 9 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In regard to defense, New Mexico let their opponent shoot 47.0% from the floor on 31 out of 66 shooting. Fresno State doled out 17 assists and had 5 steals in this game. Furthermore, Fresno State had 25 rebounds (5 offensive, 20 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. Fresno State walked away from this one shooting 81.8% at the charity stripe by making 9 of 11 attempts. They also converted 9 of their 17 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Concerning fouls, the Lobos ended up finishing with 15 and Fresno State finished the game with 19 fouls.
Morris Udeze is someone who was a major factor for the contest. He left the arena with 25 points on 11 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 34 minutes and also totaled 9 boards. He finished the game at 84.6% from the field and dished out 1 assist.
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New Mexico comes into this one with a mark of 21-9 for the campaign. They turn it over 11.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 16.8 personal fouls per game. As a team, New Mexico is collecting 37.3 rebounds per contest and has 416 dimes this season, which ranks 133rd in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Lobos are shooting 36.3% on 3-point shots (177 of 487) and 73.9% from the free throw line. They have an average of 81.1 points per game (15th in Division 1) on 48.7% from the field.
On defense, the Lobos are forcing 12.8 turnovers every game while drawing 20.1 fouls. They are ranked 249th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 412 conceded so far this season. The Lobos defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.0% (794 of 1,848) and they surrender 34.4 boards per game as a group. They are surrendering 32.1% from 3-point land while they are 261st in Division 1 in PPG allowed (72.8).
In their last game, the Colorado State Rams took a defeat with a final score of 63-46 against San Jose State. The Rams pulled down 21 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 29 in the game. They gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while earning 3 steals for the game. San Jose State committed 11 fouls for the contest which took the Rams to the charity stripe for 8 shots. They were able to make 3 of the free throws for a rate of 37.5%. In relation to shots from 3-point land, Colorado State knocked down 5 of 21 attempts (23.8%). When all was said and done, the Rams shot 19 for 52 from the floor which gave them a rate of 36.5%. The Rams permitted San Jose State to bury 21 of 54 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.9% in this contest. They finished shooting 37.9% from distance by connecting on 11 out of 29 and finished the contest at 10 out of 12 from the charity stripe (83.3%). When talking about rebounding, Colorado State permitted San Jose State to collect 36 in all (12 on the offensive side).
Patrick Cartier was important for the Rams for the game. He tallied 17 points in his 23 minutes on the hardwood, but finished this game without an assist. He converted 7 of 11 for this game for a rate of 63.6%, and accounted for 6 rebounds.
Colorado State has a mark of 13-17 for the campaign. As an offense, the Rams are connecting on 49.0% from the field, which has them ranked 12th in college basketball. Colorado State has totaled 2,171 pts so far this year (72.4 per contest) and they average 30.4 boards per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 16.7 times per contest (14th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.1 times per game. The Rams commit 16.2 fouls per game while shooting 73.8% from the free throw line.
The Colorado State defense allows 37.0% on shots from 3-point land (276 of 745) and their opponents are making 73.4% of their foul shots. They surrender 12.8 dimes and 32.9 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 191st and 108th in those defensive categories. The Rams are ranked 221st in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 71.4. They are able to force 12.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.8% from the field (260th in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New Mexico
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