The San Jose State Spartans (4-10, 0-2 MWC) will attempt to put an end to the eight-game winning streak of New Mexico when they welcome the Lobos (13-2, 2-0 MWC) to Provident Credit Union Event Center. Action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
New Mexico Lobos at San Jose State Spartans Betting Preview
The Lobos beat the UC Davis Aggies in their last contest, 74-69. Corey Manigault was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting. New Mexico played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.418 (above their season average of 0.323) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 48.7 (above their season average of 30.6). UC Davis was 0.172 and 37.8, respectively, for those same stats.
The last time the Spartans played, they defeated the Pepperdine Waves, 83-68. San Jose State’s Seneca Knight had a good outing, contributing 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. The Spartans had a great turnover percentage of 8.5 (better than their season average of 19.4) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.522 (above their season average of 0.448).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after splitting two games last season. In the most recent contest, the Spartans won 89-82. San Jose State’s 0.250 free throw rate was their largest strength over New Mexico, who had a rate of 0.098.
San Jose State could have difficulty getting to the charity stripe in this contest. The Spartans currently rank 132nd in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.232, while New Mexico ranks 24th in FTA rate allowed (0.151). Additionally, the 55th-ranked offense of the Lobos (offensive efficiency of 110.3) will attempt to take advantage of the 297th-ranked defense of the Spartans (defensive efficiency of 105.2).
New Mexico vs. San Jose State ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – New Mexico, ATS Winner – New Mexico, O/U – Over
The Lobos rank 48th in steals per game (8.1) while the Spartans rank 173rd (5.5).
New Mexico ranks 22nd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while San Jose State ranks 63rd (3.1).
San Jose State ranks 47th in three pointers allowed per game (19.1) while New Mexico ranks 248th (26.7).
The Lobos rank 33rd in assists per game (16.1) while the Spartans rank 232nd in assists allowed per game (17.0).
New Mexico ranks 60th in rebounds allowed per game (32.7) while San Jose State ranks 232nd (38.8).
The Spartans’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.4, down from 10.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Lobos have scored an average of 84.0 points per game (3.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.0 points per game (0.5 below their season average).