The New Mexico Lobos (17-12, 6-10 MWC) will travel to Clune Arena to go head-to-head against the Air Force Falcons (10-18, 4-12 MWC) in their home finale. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
New Mexico Lobos at Air Force Falcons Betting Preview
The Lobos fell to the Boise State Broncos in their last outing, 74-61. New Mexico’s Vance Jackson put together a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 19 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Boise State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.1 (above their season average of 24.5). New Mexico, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.234 vs. 0.180).
The last time the Falcons played, they were beaten by the Wyoming Cowboys, 78-72. Lavelle Scottie led Air Force in scoring with 17 points on 7-for-18 shooting. Wyoming had an effective field goal percentage of 0.591 (above their season average of 0.476). Air Force, on the other hand, held the Cowboys to an offensive rebounding percentage of 14.3 (below the 23.2 mark opponents have averaged against Air Force this season).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Lobos won 84-78. Getting to the free throw line was one of New Mexico’s biggest advantages. They had 25 free throw attempts, while Air Force had just 14. In the loss, Scottie led all scorers with 26 points.
The elite offense of Air Force (46th in the NCAA with an effective field goal percentage 0.533) will go head-to-head against the bottom-tier defense of New Mexico (321st in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.527). The Falcons should have the advantage on that side of the ball.
New Mexico at Air Force Betting Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – New Mexico, ATS Winner – New Mexico, O/U – Under
The Lobos rank 155th in rebounds per game (35.3) while the Falcons rank 260th (32.7).
New Mexico ranks 152nd in blocks per game (2.9) while Air Force ranks 238th (1.5).
Air Force ranks 53rd in assists per game (14.6) while New Mexico ranks 261st in assists allowed per game (16.4).
The Lobos rank 45th in steals per game (7.9) while the Falcons rank 224th (4.9).
Air Force averages 22.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 123rd in the country. New Mexico ranks 290th in three pointers allowed per game (27.1).
The Falcons’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.6, up from 1.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lobos have scored an average of 72.8 points per game (5.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 78.0 points per game (1.5 above their season average).