No. 25 Utah State (26-3, 13-1 WAC) holds a – 7 point spread at home against New Mexico State (14-15, 8-6 WAC) in today’s NCAA men’s college basketball odds. It’s an interesting matchup at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico: both teams are known as the Aggies.
The Utah State Aggies, which boasts a 13-1 conference record, have already secured a fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference regular season title. Utah State has earned a double bye heading into this month’s NCAA tournament and has won four straight games. The Aggies demolished Idaho 84-68 on Saturday.
Boise State (17-11, 9-6 WAC) is second in the WAC and is 4.5 games behind Utah State. New Mexico State is in third and 5 games back.
Throughout the year, Utah State has been strong in both offense (73 points) and defense (59.1 points). Unfortunately, the Aggies have conquered a weak conference in which they are considered the only top 25 team. Take for instance the Big East, the strongest conference in college basketball, which has eight teams ranked nationally.
Utah State is led by senior forward Tai Wesley who averages 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Brockeith Pane averages 11.3 points and dishes out 3.3 assists per game.
New Mexico State scores 72.6 points on offense and allows 70.7 points on defense. The Aggies are looking to bounce back after losing three straight games. But surprisingly, they are undefeated at home (6-0) this season in conference play. The distinctive home court advantage could pose problems for a Utah State team that possesses above average talent.
New Mexico State, which lost 76-70 to Hawaii over the weekend, is in a must-win situation if they are to grab the No. 2 seed and WAC’s other double-bye. Last year, Utah State lost to New Mexico State in the WAC tournament title. Additionally, New Mexico State has won five of its last six home games against Utah State.
Forward Troy Gillenwater, who stands at 6’8”, leads the way with 19.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Guard Hernst Laroche scores 11.7 points and 4.8 assists. Despite New Mexico State’s strong performance at home this season, Utah State has a – 7 point spread in today’s NCAA men’s college basketball odds.