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Bulldogs open as college hoops underdog vs Lobos

New Mexico LobosFresno State Bulldogs
12-4January 18, 2014, 07:00 | Save Mart Center8-10

The Fresno State Bulldogs will try to cover the spread at Save Mart Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the New Mexico Lobos in NCAA basketball action.

Fresno State battles the Lobos, currently sitting with a 12-4 mark (3-9 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-9 for the Bulldogs and 6-5-1 for the Lobos.

View New Mexico Lobos vs Fresno State Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bulldogs installed as 5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bulldogs rated this week at No. 252 and the Lobos sitting at No. 135.

In their last action, New Mexico was a 76-73 loser at home against UNLV. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Cameron Bairstow went off for 27 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as UNLV handed New Mexico a 76-73 defeat at The Pit.

Last time out for Fresno State, they were a 68-60 loser as they battled San Diego State on the road. They covered in the match as a 14-point underdog. Tyler Johnson scored 24 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 68-60 against San Diego State in college basketball action at Viejas Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Fresno State's No. 184-rated squad against New Mexico's No. 21-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Fresno State rates No. 64 in the country with 7.39 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 174 nationally with 5.62 per match.

A few Lobos at Bulldogs trends to consider:
New Mexico is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
New Mexico is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Mexico is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Fresno State
New Mexico is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Fresno State
Fresno State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Fresno State's last 5 games
Fresno State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Fresno State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing New Mexico

Next up:
New Mexico home to Boise State, Tuesday, January 21st
Fresno State at Nevada, Wednesday, January 22nd