NCAA Basketball Picks: New Mexico Lobos vs. Kansas Jayhawks

New Mexico Lobos vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, 12/14/13, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -4.5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -5.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Kansas Jayhawks have dropped back-to-back games
The Kansas Jayhawks have dropped back-to-back games

New Mexico has won four games in a row, including a 63-54 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats as 6.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four opportunities.  The Lobos returned six lettermen and four starters from the 2012-13 season—a group that advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s second round.  The program has a winning record of 70-63 all-time against current members of the Big 12 Conference, including a 1-1 mark versus Kansas.  New Mexico is 1-4 ATS in its last five games versus teams with a winning record.

The Lobos continue to be led offensively by guard Kendall Williams, who is 14th on the school’s all-time list with 1,422 career points.  New Mexico’s defense has given up more points this season on average than last, but is forcing opponents to shoot just 37.5 percent from the field.  The .900 points per possession it allowed against Cincinnati was its effort of the season in that all-important statistical category.

Kansas makes its annual trip to the Sprint Center in Kansas City, as it looks to bounce back from a pair of true road defeats, including a 67-61 setback to the Florida Gators as three-point underdogs Tuesday.  The Jayhawks are averaging 77.1 points and have a plus-8.7 scoring margin, while they’ve won the battle of the boards in eight of nine contests.  It’s also important to point out that the bench is providing 28.2 points, while head coach Bill Self started four freshmen and a sophomore versus the Gators.  Kansas is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games following a SU loss.

The Jayhawks received a major performance from freshmen guard Andrew Wiggins last time out, as he scored a career-high 26 points, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks Saturday.  He leads the team in averaging 16.4 points per game, while sitting third on the roster in grabbing 6.1 rebounds a contest.  The program has compiled a 22-4 SU record in this particular venue.

Sports bettors will likely back the Lobos due to their 5-1 ATS mark in their last six games versus Big 12 opponents.

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