An intriguing Mountain West Conference Quarterfinal game is set for last Thursday night in Las Vegas. Both teams need a win to keep their seasons alive as New Mexico needs to win the conference tournament and Utah State, probably, needs to make the final to feel comfortable on Sunday. Below is our MWC Tournament Quarterfinal pick between New Mexico and Utah State.
New Mexico vs Utah State Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Utah State -4|
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This game will be played at Thomas & Mack Center at 11:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 9, 2023.
✅ Utah State ended the regular season with five straight wins and earned their first Q1 win.
✅ The Aggies won the only regular season matchup comfortably.
✅ New Mexico has been bad in conference play and seem to lack the extra gear needed to get big wins.
New Mexico Lobos: Can the Lobos Reclaim Early Season Form?
New Mexico started the season 14-0 and were among the last remaining teams in the nation. Since then, the Lobos have gone 8-10 and have lost seven of their last 10. A stretch that has seen the Lobos go from NCAA Tournament locks to needing to win the MWC Championship to do dancing.
These two teams met in early February and the Aggies comfortably won by 11. The game was never close and this was the start of the Lobos downward spiral.
Utah State Aggies: Should Probably Keep Winning For Tournament Hopes
Utah State concluded their regular season with an impressive 86-73 home win over Boise State. The Broncos were poor throughout this game as they fell behind early and could never come back from that. After the half, the Aggies were able to keep the Broncos away from them and earned a needed quad one win. Utah State led by as many as 20 points, never trailed by more than one, and covered the -3.5-point spread.
Taylor Funk had 24 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in the game. Steven Ashworth added 19 points, four rebounds, eight assists, and four steals in the victory.
After 31 games, Utah State is scoring 79.1 points per game, shooting 48.6% from the field, and assisting on 13.8 made shots. The Aggies are allowing 70.0 points, grabbing 35.2 rebounds, blocking 3.4 shots, and stealing the ball 5.1 times.