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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Spartans underdogs vs Lobos at San Jose State

New Mexico LobosSan Jose State Spartans
11-3January 11, 2014, 10:05 | The Event Center6-9

The San Jose State Spartans will try to cover the spread at The Event Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the New Mexico Lobos in NCAA basketball action.

San Jose State will face the 11-3 Lobos, who own a 3-7 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Spartans are 6-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lobos are 5-4-1 favoring the OVER.

View New Mexico Lobos vs San Jose State Spartans Odds and Stats.

The Spartans were listed as 11.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game puts the Spartans, most recently No. 100 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Lobos, who rate No. 124 in the latest survey.

Last time out for New Mexico, they were a 72-69 winner as they battled Wyoming on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. New Mexico earned a 72-69 victory over Wyoming on Wednesday, getting 15 points from Cameron Bairstow at Arena-Auditorium.

Last time out for San Jose State, they were a 66-64 loser as they battled Colorado State at home. They covered in the match as a 7-point underdog. Rashad Muhammad went off for 28 points and added 5 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Colorado State handed San Jose State a 66-64 defeat at The Event Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features San Jose State's No. 192-ranked scoring average of 70.2 PPG, against a Lobos defense rated No. 159 and allowing 70.93 PPG. The Spartans FG% has averaged 40.12% to date this season, less than the Lobos shooters have managed so far (44.12% per game).

A few Lobos at Spartans trends to consider:
New Mexico is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
New Mexico is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
San Jose State is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games
San Jose State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
San Jose State is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
New Mexico home to UNLV, Wednesday, January 15th
San Jose State at Air Force, Wednesday, January 15th