MWC foes will collide when the Wyoming Cowboys (3-6, 0-1 MWC) clash with the New Mexico Lobos (8-2, 1-0 MWC) at Arena-Auditorium. Action begins at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
New Mexico Lobos at Wyoming Cowboys Betting Preview
The last time the Lobos played, they barely escaped the Boise State Broncos, 80-78. JaQuan Lyle was the game’s leading scorer with 31 points on 10-for-17 shooting. New Mexico dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenally low turnover percentage of 8.1 (better than their season average of 19.5) and a free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.324). For those same stats, Boise State put up marks of 16.9 and 0.189, respectively.
The Cowboys are trying to rebound after their 86-77 loss to the Air Force Falcons in their last contest. Hunter Maldonado led Wyoming in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Air Force had an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.3 (above their season average of 18.3). Wyoming, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (5-7; 71.4 percent).
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Wyoming should have a substantial advantage. Since last season, the Cowboys defense ranks 73rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.506), while the New Mexico offense ranks 177th in effective field goal percentage (0.506). Opposite tempos will be on display in this meeting. The up-and-down Lobos rank 32nd in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Cowboys rank 325th.
The Lobos won two out of three games against the Cowboys last season. In the last matchup, New Mexico won 78-68. The Lobos dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.6 and a turnover percentage of 12.2. For those same stats, the Cowboys recorded marks of 10.5 and 19.3, respectively.
New Mexico Lobos at Wyoming Cowboys Free Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – New Mexico, ATS Winner – Wyoming, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
New Mexico ranks 83rd in three pointers attempted per game (24.2) while Wyoming ranks 280th in three pointers allowed per game (24.2).