New Mexico vs San Diego State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/16/24

San Diego State (24-9) vs New Mexico (24-9)

Game Info: Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)

Betting Odds: San Diego State -2.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The San Diego State Aztecs and the New Mexico Lobos meet Saturday in the college basketball Mountain West Tournament Championship at the Thomas & Mack Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a San Diego State vs. New Mexico Prediction.

San Diego State Team Preview

The San Diego State Aztecs booked their spot in the title game thanks to an 86-70 win over Utah State last time out. Jaedon LeDee leads the Aztecs in scoring and rebounding with 20.5 PPG and 8.2 RPG while Reese Waters has 10.5 PPG with 3.8 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for San Diego State up to this point in the year. Micah Parrish has 9.7 PPG with 4 RPG while Lamont Butler has 9 PPG with a team-high 2.9 APG to lead the Aztecs in assists this season. As a team, San Diego State is averaging 74.7 PPG on 44.5% shooting from the field, 31.6% from three and 73.6% from the foul line this season.

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New Mexico Team Preview

Jamal Mashburn Jr. leads the Lobos in scoring with 15.1 PPG and Jaelen has 15 PPG along with 3.5 APG and 3.6 RPG while Donovan Dent has 15 PPG with a team-high 5.5 APG to lead the Lobos in assists. JT Toppin has 12.6 PPG with a team-high 8.8 RPG to lead the Lobos in rebounding and to round out the group of double-digit scorers for New Mexico so far this season. Nelly Junior Joseph has 9.2 PPG with 8.1 RPG as well this season. As a team, New Mexico is averaging 82.3 PPG on 46% shooting from the field, 33.8% from three and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

San Diego State vs. New Mexico Prediction

I’m on New Mexico here. I know that San Diego State’s the proven team in spots like these, they’re a team built for tournament basketball with that defense and are more than capable of picking up the win here. However, this entire tournament has felt like it’s meant more to New Mexico as San Diego State’s been considered in the NCAA tournament field for some time, while New Mexico has been paying rent on the bubble for how long they’ve been there. This New Mexico team has too much talent to miss the NCAA tournament and they’ve shown up time and time again in this tournament. Give me the Lobos to finish the story and get the win and cover here.

Chris’s Pick New Mexico +2.5

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