This New Mexico vs. Washington line makes no sense, as the 30-4 Lobos have already beaten Cal and Texas A&M out of conference while the Pac-10 is awful this season.
The third seeded New Mexico Lobos appear to be getting absolutely no respect here, being underdogs vs. the Washington Huskies, an 11-seed out of the worst of the major conferences in the country.
This line seems severely skewed by the fact that Washington has won eight straight games, but seven of those wins came vs. the Pac-10 and their opening round win over Marquette loses its luster when you look at how poorly the other mid-level Big East teams have done in this NCAA Tournament. Also, that Marquette game came right down to the wire and could have gone either way, and we feel that this New Mexico team is much better than the Golden Eagles are.
This line suggests that the Lobos are the least appreciated 30-4 team in the country, but we feel that their three-seed is well deserved. We have been saying all along that the Mountain West is the most underrated conference in the country, and this seems like the perfect opportunity for the upstart conference to prove itself.
In fact, in our opinion the Mountain West was stronger than the Pac-10 this year, and it is no fluke that the MWC got four teams in the tourney and the Pac-10 only got two in. This will also not be the first time that New Mexico has faced a Pac-10 team this season, as they beat Californian by eight points early in the year, They also own a nice non-conference win over Texas A&M in Texas, further validating their record.
The bottom line here is that New Mexico is the better team from the better conference, so we will gladly take advantage of this skewed line.
Free Pick: New Mexico +2 (-110)