Omaha Mavericks vs. Wyoming Cowboys Pick – NCAAM December 17, 2020

College basketball keeps on ticking on Thursday in the afternoon and in the evening hours despite Covid-19 knocking out several games this year. That was inevitable, and thanks to the number of college basketball games, it doesn’t register that much. Unless it’s a marquee game, then no one is going to pay too much attention about a postponed game between two smaller programs.

And with college basketball, it’s much easier to make games up compared to college football. In some cases, there have been games postponed twice on gameday. Long Beach State and UCLA are still trying to fit their game in. One game means a whole lot more for a college football team than college basketball, so even if games get cancelled, there will be more than enough opportunities for teams to prove themselves.

There are some teams that have waited weeks to play games, while you have others playing back-to-back. The Nebraska Omaha Mavericks are one of the teams on a back-to-back Thursday. Omaha are coming off a tough performance against 91-41 loss against the Colorado Buffaloes last night. It’s been that kind of season for the Mavericks.

Omaha has followed a familiar pattern in 2020: show up and get stomped on. At least against teams with a heartbeat, the Mavericks have run into all kinds of trouble. Maybe they’ll wake up at some point, but they have shown no interest in playing basketball this season. That’s going to happen with some teams just because of the nature of this season. Mental fortitude comes into the equation.

The Mavericks finished last season with a record of 16-16. They were a respectable team in the Summit League with a mark of 9-7 for fourth. With the return of forward Matt Pile, the Mavericks figured to be better than where they are right now at 2-6. Pile has been getting no help, though, and the offense continues to sputter. They’re in Wyoming on Thursday night for a meeting with the Wyoming Cowboys. Head below for our free Omaha vs. Wyoming pick for December 17, 2020.

Omaha Mavericks vs. Wyoming Cowboys NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Omaha +9.5 (-102)
  • Wyoming -9.5 (-118)
Moneyline:

  • Omaha +430
  • Wyoming -550
Total:

  • Over 146 (-110)
  • Under 146 (-110)

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Omaha vs. Wyoming Prediction:

The Mavericks need to find a spark from somewhere. It’s just not working out well for them, as the offense has looked sluggish more than on a few occasions this season. After the Kansas Jayhawks embarrassed them in a 95-50 game last Thursday, Colorado did the same in a 91-49 win last night. While they have two wins, the Mavericks could very easily be 0-8 going into Thursday.

They eked past Middle Tennessee by a score of 60-59, and beat SIU Edwardsville, 65-63. Neither of those are good basketball programs either. Along with expected losses against Creighton, 94-67, Kansas, 95-50, and Colorado, 91-49, Omaha was also bullied around against teams like Drake, 87-66, and Abilene Christian, 70-58.

The offense has netted an average of just 60.1 points per game to rank 301st in the NCAA. Their defense has struggled as well, with 78.9 points conceded for 285th. Unfortunately, they are likely going to get little relief versus a Wyoming team that has scored 86.2 points a game for 30th in the NCAA. The Cowboys enter Thursday with a record of 5-1 and are expected to make it 6-1 this evening.

Wyoming has looked good overall this season, including a 76-73 win over a Pac-12 opponent in Oregon State on December 6. Their only loss was a tight 76-74 loss against Texas Southern in their second game of the season. The defense has some issues, having allowed 73.7 points a game this season.

That needs some work, but against an Omaha team shooting 37.2% from the field, those problems are likely going to be covered up nicely as a result of a bad Mavericks’ offense. On a back-to-back on the road, expect a lackluster effort from Omaha tonight in what looks like another double-digit loss.

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WYOMING COWBOYS -9.5
Kyle E / Author

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