Wyoming at New Mexico: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Wyoming at New Mexico: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

New Mexico Lobos (5-11) vs Wyoming Cowboys (10-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Clune Arena)

Betting Odds: New Mexico Lobos +5.5 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Wyoming Cowboys will travel to Clune Arena to take on the New Mexico Lobos this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Wyoming Cowboys lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 10-9 on the season after being defeated by the Colorado State Rams, 68-59, on February 6th. Wyoming struggled on the offensive end against Colorado State and allowed the Rams to pull away late after Colorado State closed out the final 2:27 of regulation on an 8-0 run. Wyoming shot 38.9% from the field and 23.1% from beyond the arc while Colorado State shot 51.1% from the field and 17.6% from beyond the arc. Wyoming was outrebounded by Colorado State by a 39-25 margin and committed 13 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Graham Ike who had 13 points, 9 rebounds, & 2 assists.

On the season, Wyoming is averaging 75.6 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wyoming has been led by Marcus Williams (15.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Hunter Maldonado (12.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.6 apg), Kwane Marble II (9.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg), & Graham Ike (9.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

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Defensively, Wyoming is allowing their opponents to average 76.7 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of -5.3 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

 The New Mexico Lobos have had their last 4 games postponed due to covid-19 protocols and come into his game with an overall record of 5-11 after being defeated by the Fresno State Bulldogs, 65-55, on January 20th. New Mexico struggled on the offensive end against Fresno State and could not fight back after a 7-0 run by the Bulldogs gave Fresno State a 52-44 lead with 6:34 left in regulation. New Mexico shot 35.4% from the field and 21.7% from beyond the arc while Fresno State shot 46.5% from the field and 29.2% from beyond the arc. New Mexico outrebounded Fresno State by a 40-30 margin, however, committed 16 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Lobos was Makuach Maluach who had 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, New Mexico is averaging 69.8 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Lobos are averaging 4.3 three-pointers per game on 25.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, New Mexico has been led by Makuach Maluach (14.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Saquan Singleton (8.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Rod Brown (8.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 apg), & Valdir Manuel (8.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg).

Defensively, New Mexico is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Lobos have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, however, are just 20-46-3 ATS in their last 69 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The Lobos are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.

It has been a long season for New Mexico as not only cannot the Lobos play on their home court this season due to covid-19, but this is also a team that has not played a game since late January and come into this matchup ranked just 320th in scoring offense & 315th in FG%. Wyoming has also struggled as of late, however, that is more since they played two of the best teams in the Mountain West in San Diego State & Colorado State. Wyoming can struggle defensively, however, this should not be much of a worry against the New Mexico offense and as I think the Cowboys offense, which ranks 77th in scoring offense & 21st in three-pointers per game, will have success in this one, I am taking Wyoming to cover this spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Wyoming Cowboys -5.5

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