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College Basketball Lines — San Diego State Wants to Erase Bad Memories of New Mexico

The San Diego State Aztecs are a team that prides itself on strangling the opposition with its defense. But they were the ones that got strangled last time they went up against the New Mexico Lobos. Their objective is to erase that bad memory from their minds and win the regular-season championship of the Mountain West Conference at the same time, in college basketball betting action that gets underway at 10 PM ET at the Viejas Arena in San Diego.

San Diego State is rated #10 in the nation, with a straight-up record of 26-3, and a ledger of 16-10 against the basketball pointspread. New Mexico is #21 nationally, and stands at 24-5, with a mark of 14-11 versus the points.

As we alluded to, the winner of this game will be crowned the regular-season champion in the MWC, and will be the top seed for the conference tournament. Both of these clubs will be going to the NCAA Tournament, and there is little question that they both have a chance to make some noise there.

In the college basketball lines that have been established at WagerWeb on this game, the Aztecs are laying points:

San Diego State Aztecs -4.5
New Mexico Lobos +4.5

Over 130 points -110
Under 130 points -110

The Aztecs have allowed their opponents to shoot just 38.3% from the field on an overall basis, but they didn’t quite seem to have much of a defensive game plan when they encountered New Mexico at the Pit in Albuquerque on February 22. In that game, San Diego State did manage to pull down 14 offensive rebounds, but unbelievably, did not make a free-throw the entire game. They also made only two shots from three-point range, and this punchless offensive effort ended with New Mexico winning a 58-44 decision and covering is a 4.5-point favorite in the college basketball lines. It was nice payback on the part of the Lobos, who got beaten in San Diego 55-34 last season, in what was their worst performance during the shot-clock era.

The slow-paced game last time was just fine with the Lobos, who worked their half-court offense to the inside, making 50% of their shots. The Aztecs simply did not have an answer for power forward Cameron Bairstow, who scored 26 points, many of them uncontested, as evidenced by only six trips to the line on the part of New Mexico. As WagerWeb customers who follow the Mountain West know, the Lobos actually give opponents double trouble underneath, because Bairstow is joined by seven-footer Alex Kirk, who has been effective on the offensive end (13.8 points per game).

Getting their revenge is going to require a big defensive effort on the part of San Diego State, and the numbers indicate they are capable of it. The Aztecs have yielded only 33.7% shooting and 52.1 ppg on the part of opponents before the vociferous crowds at the Viejas Arena, and based on last year’s experience, no one has to remind New Mexico about that. The Lobos can play some defense also; only two of their last 13 opponents have shot as high as 40%. And might they have the great equalizer here with their muscle on the inside? Finding that answer will hold the key to who wears the crown in the Mountain West for the regular season.

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