WAC Tournament Final Preview
Top-seeded Utah State (27-6 SU, 18-10 ATS) puts its 17-game SU winning streak on the line when it battles third seed New Mexico State (21-11 SU, 14-10-2 ATS) in the WAC Tournament championship game in Reno on Saturday night. Call it the Battle of the Aggies. Impressive as is their current run in the standings, the Aggies are sizzling for bettors at the window. With its 85-55 pasting as 7.5-point favorites at Bovada of Louisiana Tech in the tournament semifinals on Friday night, Utah State is 13-3 ATS during the streak. Bovada
The Aggies figured to get past the Bulldogs regardless of the circumstances in the semis, but it helped when Louisiana Tech’s 6-foot-11 center Magnum Rolle went down with an ankle injury less than three minutes into the game. Rolle’s absence allowed Utah State to get the basket seemingly at will. The Aggies shot 66% from the field in the first half and 59% for the game. Jared Quayle led Utah State with 16 points in the rout. If there’s a WAC school that can knock off Utah State, it’s New Mexico State, which shares the Aggies name with the conference’s best team. New Mexico State trimmed Utah State 55-52 as 7-point underdogs at the Pan American Center on January 2, in what was one of only two losses in conference play for Saturday’s favorite. New Mexico State stumbled into the tournament with a pair of SU and ATS losses, but it’s looked strong at the Lawlor Events Center.
The Aggies needed a Jahmar Young bucket in the lane with 3.8 seconds remaining to slip past second seed Nevada 80-79 in the semifinals on Friday night. Young finished with 15 points for New Mexico State, while Troy Gillenwater had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Aggies. Utah State overpowered New Mexico State in an 81-63 win at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum last Saturday, covering as 13.5-point chalk. The schools played under the 145-point total, and that’s the smart play when Utah State takes the floor: The Aggies are 4-11 O/U in their last 15 games. Get affordable expert advice to help you beat the odds more often. Buy picks now from the OddsShark.com experts and get on the right side of the game! Just like in business, sometimes you have to spend some money in order to make some money. This is a great investment in winning more wagers.