Colorado State Rams at New Mexico Lobos
I love the Mountain West. Every night is unpredictable. Any team can lose to anyone. Most recently New Mexico pulled off the upset over Wyoming, who at the time was the top of the conference. That same New Mexico team will host the preseason favorite Colorado State Rams .
New Mexico has been elite against the spread this season with a 15-6-2 record, 9-2-2 at home. The Lobos are led by their trio of guards, Jamal Mashburn Jr, Jaelen House and KJ Jenkins, all average double digits, they combined for 48 points in the first matchup at Colorado State.. The Lobos like to move fast, ranking 17th in tempo nationally. They utilize their three dynamic guards to keep opposing defenses on their heels. They will look to force Colorado State to play their game.
Colorado St. does a lot right. They are an efficient offenseinside and outside. They do however have a problem adjusting to the flow of the game when things are not going their way. The speed of the Lobos will make it tough for Colorado State to get into a rhythm. In their first meeting back in January the Lobos lost by six, mostly due to the fact that the Rams shot 24 more free throws than the opposition. The New Mexico home court advantage should help to balance out the attempts at the charity stripe.
New Mexico is great at home and they should be able to keep this one close. The outright upset will be tough but they have NBA level guards that will be a tough matchup for Colorado State. The Lobos don’t have an answer for David Roddy, he will be a problem, but New Mexico at home getting this many points is too hard to pass up.
Pick: New Mexico +7