NCAA Basketball Picks: San Diego State Aztecs vs. New Mexico Lobos
San Diego State Aztecs at No. 14 New Mexico Lobos
Wednesday, 2/27/13, 10:15 PM EST, TV: CBS Sports Network
Opening Point Spread: New Mexico -5
Current Betting Line: New Mexico -5.5
Opening Total: 129
Current Total: 131
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
San Diego State has won back-to-back games, including a 88-75 victory over the Nevada Wolfpack as 13.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the total for a third consecutive contest. The Aztecs are dangerous road underdogs when looking over the college basketball odds page, considering they’ve won 12 of their last 17 games with the Lobos. “We know the task ahead of us heading to New Mexico to play who appear to be the conference champions,” commented Aztecs coach Steve Fisher. San Diego State is 4-1 as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Aztecs are 5-2 in their last seven road games against the Lobos, which is truly amazing, considering the rest of the nation is 12-102 when visiting The Pit during that time frame. San Diego State earned a convincing 55-34 victory over New Mexico as 3.5-point home favorites in the first meeting, while going well UNDER the posted total of 132.5. The program is trying to avoid losing four games in a row on the road for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
New Mexico has won three games in a row since a setback in Las Vegas, including a 91-82 victory over the Colorado State Rams as six-point road underdogs last Saturday, which climbed OVER the total of 130.5. “This is going to be a fun two weeks,” commented Lobos coach Steve Alford. The Lobos are 23-4 overall during the 2012-13 college basketball season, including a 13-1 mark at home. New Mexico is 8-3-1 ATS versus conference opponents this season, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks and predictions Wednesday night.
The Lobos are 40-33 all-time against the Aztecs, including a 25-9 mark when playing in Albuquerque. New Mexico’s 34 points in the first meeting was the program’s fewest in the shot clock era and fewest since 1976. Kendall Williams is certainly the player to watch on the offensive end, as he scored a career-high 46 points while making a league-record 10 3-pointers on 13 attempts last time out.
Sports bettors will likely back the Aztecs in this affair, as the road team is 14-3 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
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