NCAA Basketball Picks: New Mexico State Aggies vs. Arizona Wildcats

New Mexico State Aggies vs. Arizona Wildcats
Wednesday, 12/11/13, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Arizona -15
Current Betting Line:  Arizona -14.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Arizona Wildcats are one of the best defensive teams in the country
The Arizona Wildcats are one of the best defensive teams in the country

New Mexico continues its four-game, 10-day road swing as it heads to Tucson, with the program looking to bounce back from an 80-68 setback to the Gonzaga Bulldogs as 13.5-point underdogs Saturday.  The Aggies are outscoring opponents by 6.6 points per game, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks Wednesday night.  The program is minus-7.7 in rebounding margin over its last three games, which is far different than its plus-8.6 in that category in its first seven contests to open the season.  New Mexico is 0-5 ATS in its last five games versus Pac-12 Conference opponents.

The Aggies are led by junior guard Daniel Mullings offensively, as he’s scoring 17.6 points per game—shooting 49.3 percent from the field.  New Mexico State is 12-34 SU when playing on he road against Arizona, while its last win in this series coming on Dec. 13, 1971.  The program is 3-21 SU all-time against ranked opponents, with its last such triumph coming on Jan. 20, 2007.

Arizona has landed the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 2003, while it has compiled a Pac-12-best 89-28 record since the start of the 2010-11 campaign under head coach Sean Miller.  The Wildcats are ranked ninth nationally in both field goal percentage defense and scoring defense, which is hard to ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The stop unit is allowing foes to knock down just 40.5 percent of their shots from the two-point area.  Arizona is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 non-conference affairs.

The Wildcats have won the rebounding battle in each of their nine games this season and rank second in the country with a plus-14.1 margin.  Arizona has also been stellar from the three-point area at the McKale Center—knocking down 41-of-101 shots in that situation.  Three players are averaging double figures offensively, with junior guard Nick Johnson leading the way at 16.6 points a contest.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to their 8-1 ATS mark versus teams with a winning record.

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