USC vs. New Mexico State Pick
Can New Mexico State pick up another upset win today when the Aggies take on USC tonight at 6PM ET in the Diamond Head Classic?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, USC is favored in today’s game, as the Trojans are getting odds of -4.5 points against New Mexico State. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 146.5 points. Today’s game takes place from Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and will air live on ESPNU.
USC has picked up wins over Akron and Middle Tennessee during this tournament to improve to 8-4 on the season. The Trojans have covered the spread in the two wins and are 7-5 against the spread this season. USC is scoring 81.9 points per game on offense while allowing 73.1 per game on defense. Chimezie Metu is averaging 19 points and 8.3 rebounds per game to lead USC while Bennie Boatwright is adding 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
New Mexico State is on a five-game winning streak following an upset win over Miami in this tournament. The Aggies are 11-2 on the year while posting a 4-0-1 record against the spread. They are putting up 71.8 points per game on offense while allowing 65.6 per game on defense. Zach Lofton is averaging 18.5 points per game to lead the Aggies while Jemerrio Jones is adding 10.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest.
USC has won the last two meetings with New Mexico State, but the two have split the spread in those two games. New Mexico State has been playing great in this tournament and coming off a big win over Miami. The Aggies have not been beaten at the betting window this year either, while USC has had some struggles at time. I think New Mexico State will continue to play with a chip on its shoulder. The public betting is siding with USC, but I like the upset tonight.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: NEW MEXICO STATE +4.5