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New Mexico vs Harvard: West odds pick

Mountain West champions New Mexico Lobos earned a No. 3 seed and face the Harvard Crimson in the first round of the West Region in Utah.

The 14-seeded Crimson won the Ivy League but remain a solid underdog here against the Lobos. New Mexico is 7-2 ATS in its past 9 games overall and a solid 9-3-2 ATS in 14 recent games as a favorite.

Harvard may be overmatched here but they are 6-1 ATS in their past 7 games as an underdog.

New Mexico will face the 19-9 Crimson, who own a 13-12-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Lobos are 12-19 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Crimson are 13-12 favoring the OVER.

View Harvard vs New Mexico Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Crimson were listed as 11-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was hovering around 125 earlier at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 28 (Lobos) and the No. 169 (Crimson) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 72-70 result in favor of the Lobos has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Mexico's No. 173-ranked offense, averaging 67.4 PPG, against a Crimson defense that ranks No. 106 at 63.9 PPG. The Lobos field goal percentage has averaged 42.5% so far, less than the Crimson marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.2% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Harvard owns the country's No. 65-rated mark, allowing 64.9 points per game on the highway. New Mexico, on the other hand, rates No. 207 in scoring at home.

Harvard won its last outing, a 65-56 result against Cornell on March 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 14-point favorite. Laurent Rivard scored 17 points leading the Crimson to a 65-56 victory over Cornell at Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday.

In their last action, New Mexico was a 63-56 winner on the road against UNLV. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. The Lobos got 21 points from Tony Snell as New Mexico ran past UNLV 63-56 on Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center.

Harvard Crimson Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing Cornell are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

New Mexico Lobos Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing UNLV are 9-1
After a win are 8-2

 

A few Crimson at Lobos trends to consider:
New Mexico is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Mexico's last 11 games