Wyoming Cowboys vs. New Mexico Lobos Pick – NCAAM February 17, 2021

There is a full slate of college basketball action throughout the country on Wednesday afternoon and evening. You can find most conferences playing tonight, but there are several cancellations to keep in mind. That is par for the course in the 2020-21 Covid season. Clemson and Notre Dame are scratched, while ranked Houston has to sit down again and play the waiting game until Wichita State on Friday.

They were scheduled to play East Carolina at home tonight. This is not because of Covid, believe it or not, but because of the winter storm that hit Texas. If it isn’t one thing it’s something else in Houston. The Cougars could stop playing now and they’re going to the NCAA Tournament, so this isn’t going to hurt them in that regard.

In one of the least anticipated matchups on Wednesday, the Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos meet in Colorado this evening. Do not confuse this with a home game for New Mexico. It’s a neutral site game that will be played at Clune Arena, the home of the Air Force Falcons in Colorado Springs.

New Mexico is being forced to play outside of the state because of Covid restrictions. This is the first time that the Lobos have to improvise and head to a neutral site. All of their games have either been at home or true road games. In their most recent outing at home series, they took a split against San Jose State, 67-51 in their favor on January 22, and then a losing effort, 83-71, a couple of days later.

The Lobos showed little effort and didn’t appear like they wanted to be playing in their most recent outing against Fresno State. The Bulldogs are one of the worst teams in the Mountain West Conference, though New Mexico didn’t look interested. The Lobos lost by a score of 64-62 and then followed up for a 65-55 loss.

Fresno State is 7-7 in the Mountain West and a record of 9-7 overall. They’ve picked up wins against some bad teams, so despite being above .500, they are one of the most talentless teams in the conference. The Lobos are at the bottom of the scrapile, with an abysmal record of 1-11 in the MWC and 5-11 overall.

Wyoming is coming off four tough games against two of the finest teams in the conference. They tried, but came up short in two games against San Diego State, 87-57 and 98-71, then 74-72 and 68-59 on February 4 and 6 against Colorado State. After a couple of weeks off, Wyoming gets a much easier challenge tonight. Head below for our free Wyoming vs. New Mexico pick on February 17, 2021.

Wyoming Cowboys vs. New Mexico Lobos NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Wyoming -6 (-105)
  • New Mexico +6 (-115)
Moneyline:

  • Wyoming OFF
  • New Mexico OFF
Total:

  • Over 138.5 (-105)
  • Under 138.5 (-115)

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Wyoming vs. New Mexico Prediction:

New Mexico is probably the perfect opponent for Wyoming to come back to action against after losing four in a row against San Diego State and Colorado State. The Rams are a sneaky good team in the Mountain West. It wasn’t the worst losses in the world for Wyoming. Prior to that sequence, Wyoming was on a three-game winning streak, with a win over Air Force and two against Nevada.

The wins over Nevada were impressive by scores of 71-64 and 93-88. They’ve been a streaky time for much of the season, so the squad you saw then could easily reappear on Wednesday night in Colorado. They head into this contest with a record of 10-9 and 4-8 in the conference. Wyoming has been successful offensively throughout the season. When their stroke is working from the field, the Cowboys can be a tough team to beat.

Wyoming has scored an average of 75.6 points per game for 80th in the NCAA. With that kind of scoring, you’d expect the Cowboys to be better than 10-9. However, their effort on the defensive floor has been lackluster, as multiple teams have been able to exploit their holes. Wyoming has conceded 76.7 points per game for 304th in the country. If New Mexico had a serviceable offense, then Wyoming would have to be concerned here. The Lobos have trouble shooting against the air with no defenders, so Wyoming catches a break here.

New Mexico has scored just 63.6 points per game, and in their last five outings, they’ve barely made it above 60 with 60.2 points per game. They rank as one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the NCAA, with a conversion rate of a terrible 25.4% for 346th in the country. Like I said, they can’t shoot when no one is defending either. New Mexico is shooting 60.7% from the charity stripe, 345th in the nation at free throws. I have Wyoming by ten in this game, so laying -6 looks fine.

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WYOMING COWBOYS -6
Kyle E / Author

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