Mountain West NCAA Basketball Picks: Colorado St./New Mexico

Jeff Grant

Saturday, January 3, 2015 2:07 PM GMT

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 2:07 PM GMT

Larry Eustachy has never beaten New Mexico in his NCAA Basketball coaching career, which makes Colorado State a team to pick against in The Pit Saturday night.

Still Perfect 
Colorado State overcame a late double-digit deficit in its last outing to remain perfect on the season through 14 games, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it attempts to snap a seven-game losing streak in this series.

Since the formation of the Mountain West Conference in 1999-2000, the Rams are 5-27 versus the Lobos, including a forgettable 1-14 mark in games played in Albuquerque.

It’s important to point out that four of Eustachy’s five career losses versus New Mexico have come during his time in Fort Collins, with all of those affairs being determined by a single-digit margin.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 9-7 SU and 7-9 ATS in January, with the UNDER going 9-3 in that situation.

 

Taking On the Best
New Mexico is 14-8 SU against ranked opponents with Craig Neal on the sidelines, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball predictions, but it’ll need someone to step up in this rivalry with the graduation of former star Kendall Williams.

The four-time Mountain West selection captured seven of nine meetings in this series during his time on campus—averaging 18.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

There’s no doubt that the Lobos will turn to senior guard Deshawn Delaney offensively, especially since leading scorer Cullen Neal is likely sidelined for the rest of the year with an ankle injury.

Sports bettors will find that the team is 35-6 SU and 28-12-1 ATS in its last 41 conference games.

 

Consistent Leadership
The Rams will need huge performances out of J.J. Avila and Daniel Bejarano in hopes of pulling off a victory at this historic college basketball venue, as the senior duo combines to average 25.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.

Colorado State’s also been happy with the recent play of sophomore guard John Gillon, who came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points against Boise State last time out.

 

Dominance
The Lobos have won 23 of their last 24 conference home games, which fits nicely with their 12-2 SU and 9-5 ATS record in January since the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

New Mexico’s defense entered the weekend ranked 36th in the country in surrendering just 58.8 points a contest—one of five programs to not allow 70 or more points in a single affair.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Lobos as one of their NCAA Basketball picks, as the Rams are a miserable 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games versus teams with a winning home record.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: New Mexico Lobos PK at Pinnacle Sports 

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