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New Mexico Lobos take on Aggies in NCAA basketball test

New Mexico LobosUtah State Aggies
15-4January 28, 2014, 11:05 | Dee Glen Smith Spectrum12-7

Utah State looks to cover the Aggies-Lobos pointspread on Tuesday and improve its overall 12-7 mark when they host New Mexico in college basketball wagering action.

Utah State will face the 15-4 Lobos, who own a 6-9 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Aggies are 9-8 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lobos are 8-6-1 favoring the OVER.

View New Mexico Lobos vs Utah State Aggies Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Utah State sat as -0.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Aggies at No. 113 and the Lobos at No. 146 heading into this contest.

New Mexico was a 68-66 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Colorado State. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. New Mexico got 23 points from Kendall Williams en route to a 68-66 victory over Colorado State on Saturday at Moby Arena.

In their last action, Utah State was a 74-69 loser at home against San Diego State. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Spencer Butterfield scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Aggies to a win (they lost 74-69 to San Diego State at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Utah State's No. 137-ranked scoring average of 72.11 PPG, against a Lobos defense rated No. 171 and allowing 71.21 PPG. The Aggies FG% has averaged 47.17% to date this season, more than the Lobos shooters have managed so far (45% per game).

A few Lobos at Aggies trends to consider:
New Mexico is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Mexico's last 7 games
New Mexico is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Utah State is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Utah State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Utah State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
New Mexico home to San Jose State, Saturday, February 1st
Utah State at Wyoming, Saturday, February 1st