The Wyoming Cowboys are on the west coast for a Mountain West showdown against the San Diego State Aztecs. This is an important game in the Mountain West Conference between the Cowboys and Aztecs. It might not have much fanfare on Thursday night, but it’s a big game for Wyoming and San Diego State. Wyoming goes into Thursday night with a record of 10-5 and 4-4 in the Mountain West. They are on a three-game winning streak, which is nice and all, but Wyoming must continue to win if they want a shot at the conference.
The Cowboys are currently sixth, but not that far off from San Diego State. Note that the Aztecs are 11-4 and 5-3 in the conference. They are going into Thursday fourth in the Mountain West. By all accounts, I’d say that this has been a disappointing season for San Diego State. They started off hot with five straight wins and were a borderline ranked team in the NCAA. Following a 72-62 loss against the BYU Cougars at home, San Diego State has been just kind of average. Their best win on the season was the opener against the UCLA Bruins.
San Diego State dispatched UCLA by a score of 73-58 in a win that seemed it was going to set the tone for the rest of the year. Their best win since then has been against Saint Mary’s, 74-49, on December 22. The Aztecs have also lost five times, and have yet to play the conference-leading Broncos, so this season hasn’t exactly been what San Diego State is looking for. They still have ten games left on the schedule to get things right and generate a push to reach the NCAA Tournament. Wyoming wants to do the same, and have a puncher’s chance to win the Mountain West. Head below for our free Wyoming vs. San Diego State pick on January 28, 2021.
Wyoming Cowboys vs. San Diego State Aztecs NCAA Betting Odds:
Wyoming vs. San Diego State Prediction:
San Diego State is coming off a successful two-game series against the Air Force Falcons. They were winners by a score of 98-61 and most recently 91-59 on Sunday. I’m not so sure what to think about those wins. It was certainly a nice response after dropping two in a row against Utah State, but Air Force is one of the worst teams in the Mountain West. Air Force is 4-10 overall and 2-8 in the Mountain West, so blowout out the Falcons isn’t the best barometer to judge where the Aztecs are going into Thursday night.
The Aztecs didn’t look good at all prior to that series versus Utah State. The Aggies handled them easily, 57-45, and then instead of letting up, came back two days later and beat San Diego State again, 64-59. They struggled to put away a pesky Nevada team before dropping back-to-back games against the Aggies.
San Diego State figured it out, beating Nevada 65-50 and 69-67. Some Actec teams from previous seasons would not struggle in these spots. The easy win over UCLA to open the season might have provided false hope for this team. The Aztecs can still play defense when they want to, though.
Maybe not as good as previous teams, but the Aztecs can make life difficult on opponents. San Diego State is tenth in the NCAA with 60.6 points against per game. My only issue with the Aztecs is that they’ve been beating up on bad offenses, UCLA being the exception. The offense has been adequate, with 72.4 points per game for 72.4 points a game.
Wyoming has been in nice form recently, beating Air Force Air Force, 77-58, and Nevada, 71-64 and 93-88 win. They can shoot if they’re feeling good and confident. Wyoming has scored 78.5 points per game, 58th in the NCAA. If the Aztecs have an off day defensively tonight, the door is going to be open for a closer game than most anticipate. The way I see it, 16 points is a few points too high. I will side with the Cowboys in this one.