Mountain West Tournament - NCAA hoops odds preview - San Diego State vs. New Mexico
San Diego State Aztecs vs New Mexico Lobos Odds
The New Mexico Lobos will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the San Diego State Aztecs at Thomas & Mack Center in NCAA basketball action.
It's a game in the Mountain West Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. Thomas & Mack Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.
The Aztecs will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 13-12-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Lobos are 16-12-3 ATS. San Diego State is 13-10-2 on the totals; New Mexico is 12-17.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Aztecs were listed as 1-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Lobos sit at No. 31 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Aztecs sit at No. 13 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Aztecs will win this game 74-72.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and New Mexico has the nation's No. 165-rated offensive output, at 67.8 PPG. The visiting Aztecs defense ranks No. 41 allowing on average 60.7 PPG. The Lobos FG% has averaged 42.4% so far, less than the Aztecs marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.3% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, San Diego State owns the country's No. 43-rated mark, allowing 63.3 points per game on the highway. New Mexico, on the other hand, rates No. 198 in scoring at home.
In their last action, San Diego State was a 73-67 winner at home against Boise State. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. San Diego State got 19 points from Jamaal Franklin en route to a 73-67 victory over Boise State on Wednesday at Thomas & Mack Center.
New Mexico was a 59-46 winner in its last match at home against Wyoming. They covered the 9-point spread as favorites. The Lobos grabbed a 59-46 win over the Cowboys on Wednesday, behind a 15-point effort from Tony Snell at Thomas & Mack Center.
San Diego State Aztecs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing Boise State are 5-0
After a win are 5-5
New Mexico Lobos Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Wyoming are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
A few Aztecs at Lobos trends to consider:
New Mexico is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New Mexico's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Mexico's last 6 games when playing San Diego State
New Mexico is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games when playing San Diego State