New Mexico State vs UC Irvine Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/11/23
UC Irvine Anteaters (0-1) vs New Mexico State Aggies (1-1)
Game Info: Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Bren Events Center)
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The New Mexico State Aggies will play the UC Irvine Anteaters on Saturday night at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, California. New Mexico State has split the first two games in their season, while UC Irvine lost their first game to San Jose State.
New Mexico State Preview
The New Mexico State Aggies are 1-1 this season after they defeated Sul Ross State by a score of 84-49 in their last game. New Mexico State scored 43 points in the first half and 41 points in the second half, but they only allowed 14 points in the second half. The Aggies shot 42.2% from the field and shot 40 free throws in the win. New Mexico State lost to Kentucky by a score of 86-46 in their first game. The New Mexico State Aggies are scoring 65 points per game with 41 rebounds per game and 10.5 assists per game, while allowing 67.5 points against per game. Keylon Dorsey has led the Aggies this year with 10 points per game and three rebounds per game. New Mexico State is shooting 37.5% from the field, 64.4% on free throws, and 26.2% on three pointers this year.
UC Irvine Preview
The UC Irvine Anteaters are 0-1 this year after they lost to San Jose State by a score of 72-64 in their first game. UC Irvine was tied at 24 at the half, but they allowed SJSU to score 48 points in the second half for the loss. The Anteaters shot 41.8% from the field, 16.7% on three pointers, and 61.5% on free throws in the game. UC Irvine recorded 31 rebounds, 11 assists, and 15 turnovers. Bent Leuchten led the Anteaters with 14 points and six rebounds, while Devin Tillis added 12 points and five rebounds. UC Irvine allowed 72 points on 46% field goal shooting and forced 15 turnovers in the loss.
New Mexico State was throttled by Kentucky in their season opener, but they bounced back with a blowout win in game two. UC Irvine played their style of basketball in the first half of their game, but they fell apart defensively in the second half for the loss. UC Irvine will be at home for this game and I think they are going to bounce back with a win here. The Anteaters are a solid team, especially at home, and I think they will get back to their style/pace of play in this game. New Mexico State is usually a tough opponent, but I am going with UC Irvine to get it done here.