New Mexico State at Kentucky Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/6/23
Kentucky Wildcats (0-0) vs New Mexico State Aggies (0-0)
Game Info: Monday, November 6, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center)
Betting Odds: Kentucky Wildcats -18.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New Mexico State Aggies will travel to Lexington to meet the Kentucky Wildcats in non-conference play this Monday from Rupp Arena on the SEC Network.
New Mexico State Aggies Preview
New Mexico State went 9-15 last season, with a 2-10 record in WAC play. The Aggies were unable to replicate their postseason success from the previous campaign, and they’ll look to return to postseason play with respectable play their first year as members of Conference USA.
NMSU scored 73.7 points per game, on 44% shooting, while allowing 71.3 ppg during the 2022-23 season.The loss of longtime college guard Xavier Pinson will hurt, but the Aggies will also have to replace their top seven players from last year, and Rupp Arena may not serve as the idea spot to figure things out this Monday.
Kentucky Wildcats Preview
Kentucky went 22-12 last season, while finishing third in the SEC with a 12-6 record. The Wildcats season ended with a round of 32 loss to Kansas State, and they’ll now look to make it past the first weekend of the Dance for the first time in five years this March.
Kentucky scored 74.5 points per game, on 45% shooting, while allowing 67.8 ppg. The Wildcats lost a big chunk of production from last year’s squad, including frontcourt workhorse Oscar Tshiebwe, but it’s Kentucky, so you know they’ve retooled swiftly on the fly. Veteran guard Antonio Reeves (14.3 ppg) returns, and he’ll be joined in the backcourt by highly touted freshman D.J. Wagner and Rob Dillingham. Tre Mitchell (11.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg) transferred in from WVU to help ease the losses of Tshiebwe and Jacob Toppin up front for UK.
New Mexico State vs Kentucky Trends
NMSU is 0-0 against the spread, with a 0-0 O/U record
UK is 0-0 ATS, with a 0-0 over/under record.
Corey’s Free Pick
New Mexico State went through a lot as a program last season, and they might be in over their heads here in Lexington. The Aggies are no longer the upset-happy bunch ran by Chris Jans, who’s now at Mississippi State, and they’ve got a lot of things to figure out early on this season. Kentucky may have restored power in the backcourt with the two signings of D.J. Wagner and Rob Dillingham, and I like their chances of handling business at home here in game one. Back Kentucky in the Bluegrass Monday evening.