New Mexico Lobos at Boise State Broncos – NCAAM December 21

New Mexico at Boise State


New Mexico comes in with a 12-6 lead in the series. Boise State has won the last two meetings in Boise although New Mexico took an 80-78 win over Boise State in the MWC opener for both teams.

Vs. the Spread:

The Lobos are 0-5 ATS in their last five games vs. Boise State and the total has gone UNDER in four of New Mexico’s last six games. The Broncos are a wholesome 12-5 ATS in their last 17 outings. The total has gone UNDER in eight of Boise State’s last 10 Mountain West games.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
New Mexico +10½ (-112) +500 O 144 (-110)
Boise State -10½ (-108) -650 U 144 (-110)

Last Time Out:

The Lobos have played back to back games against non-Division 1 competition as they have had a tough time scheduling due state health order regarding COVID-19. New Mexico had to relocate practices to South Plains College in Texas so it has been a chore just to roll balls out and be able to go through a normal practice. The series between the Lobos and Broncos was supposed to be played Dec. 3 and 5, but had to be rescheduled. The lone D-1 win was 72-61 over Rice last Sunday.

Boise State has had three cancellations due to COVID-19, so this 2-game set against New Mexico is a welcomed relief for both clubs. The Broncos beat Weber State, 70-59, last Sunday as well. Derrick Alston, Jr., scored 23 points as he nailed five threes in sending Boise State to it’s fourth win in a row after a 68-58 loss at Houston in it’s opening game.

On the Howl:

New Mexico LobosMakuach Maluach will be the toughest matchup on the floor for Boise State on defense. He averages a double-double (18.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg) after scoring his 1,000th point last Thursday. He’s tough on the boards as he is 125 away from 500. He has started 59 consecutive games and played in 102.

New Mexico coach Paul Weir is in the middle of a huge rebuild as he returns only 23 percent of his scoring and 21 percent of his rebounds. Jeremiah Francis and Saquon Singleton are also a new starting backcourt while Bayon Matos and Rod Brown have started by averaging double digits over the first three.

From the Saddle:

Boise State Broncos LogoLeon Rice has built a program at Boise State over his 11-year career as the Broncos are expected to challenge San Diego State for Mountain West supremacy this season. Derrick Alston, Jr., averages 15.2 points per game while getting to the free throw line where he has made 16-of-18 attempts.

He is a tough cover because of his versatility so it will be interesting to see how New Mexico comes back to defend him.

Point guard Rayj Davis (14.0 ppg) and power forward Abu Kigab (13.4 rpg) have given excellent complementary pieces to Alston while Portland transfer Marcus Shaver, Jr. has played in three games while proving to be a scorer. The Broncos are once again showing that they can be an excellent defensive team as opponents have shot only 26.5 percent from three over the first five.

Winner: Boise State (-10½) 72, New Mexico 60
O/U: Take UNDER 144

The Bets
Boise State (-10½)
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