NCAA hoops odds preview - Idaho vs. New Mexico
Idaho Vandals vs New Mexico Lobos Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Friday when the New Mexico Lobos try to run the Idaho Vandals off the court at The Pit in college hoops action.
The Lobos bring a 4-0 record (1-3 ATS) to this tilt against the 1-2 Vandals, who are 1-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed New Mexico go 2-2 so far and the Vandals go 1-0.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, New Mexico sat as 16.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 11 (Lobos) and the No. 140 (Vandals) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 74-68 result in favor of the Lobos has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Vandals is ranked No. 277 in NCAA hoops at 32.3 per game. Contrast that with New Mexico’s No. 143 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, New Mexico is the No. 159-ranked team in the country at 6.2 per game, while Idaho rates No. 154 at 6.3 per game.
Defensively, Idaho features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. New Mexico, meanwhile, comes in at No. 162 nationally in scoring at home.
Idaho was a 72-62 winner in their most recent outing at home against Wisc-Green Bay. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. Stephen Madison scored 19 points leading the Vandals to a 72-62 victory over Wisc-Green Bay at Cowan Spectrum on Tuesday.
New Mexico was a 66-60 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Connecticut. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. The Lobos got 15 points from Kendall Williams as New Mexico ran past Connecticut 66-60 on Monday at Sports and Fitness Center.
Idaho Vandals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Washington State are 4-6
After playing Wisc-Green Bay are 1-1
After a win are 6-4
New Mexico Lobos Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Portland are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
A few Vandals at Lobos trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Idaho's last 9 games on the road
New Mexico is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
New Mexico is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Mexico's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of New Mexico's last 12 games
Idaho at Washington State, Wednesday, November 28
New Mexico home to Portland, Sunday, November 25