Check out our free New Mexico State vs Utah Tech pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in St. George. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

New Mexico State vs Utah Tech Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Aggies vs Trailblazers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: New Mexico State Aggies at Utah Tech Trailblazers
  • Where: St. George at Burns Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: New Mexico State +2.5, NMXST +119 | DXST -147 O/U 146.5

Aggies Preview:

Through 19 games, the New Mexico State Aggies have an overall record of 7-12. So far, the Aggies have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 2-6. For the season, New Mexico State has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 2-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Aggies being +2.5 point underdogs.

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New Mexico State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Xavier Pinson who is averaging 12.95 points per game for the Aggies. Pinson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Aggies’ offensive game plan is the play of Deshawndre Washington who has hit 42.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.11 points per game.

On offense, New Mexico State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.3 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 19 games, they have only hit 32.7% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 42.43% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Trailblazers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs New Mexico State, the Utah Tech Trailblazers will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 9-10. So far this season, Utah Tech has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Trailblazers as the -2.5 point favorites. The Trailblazers have been favored 5 times, going 4-1 straight up.

Utah Tech’s leading scorer this season is Isaiah Pope, who is averaging 12.58 points per contest. So far, Pope has accounted for 16.78% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.21 rebounds per game and 2.42 assists. Cameron Gooden is the second leading scorer for the Trailblazers, averaging 15.57 points per game. Between him and Gooden, they are accounting for 32.1% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Utah Tech this season, as they are currently ranked 163rd in college basketball at 72.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Trailblazers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.4%, placing them 391st in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Utah Tech Trailblazers -2.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Utah Tech Trailblazers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2.5 point betting favorites. Although Utah Tech as a team is just 311th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Aggies’ defense. At -2.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Trailblazers to come out on top and cover.

 


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