Fresno State Vs New Mexico State Picks, Spread, and Review


Fresno State (13-19 SU/16-12 ATS) faces a quick rematch with the Aggies after they closed out their regular season with an 83-78 OT loss to New Mexico State on Saturday as +3½ point dogs.

Kevin Olekaibe scored a game-high 23 points, while Kevin Foster added 20 points, nine boards and four blocked shots off the bench, followed by Tyler Johnson with 16 points in the setback. It’s been a tough year for the Bulldogs, who finished 3-11 in WAC play and they were the only team to lose to San Jose State, which went 1-13 in conference action.

Olekaibe was Fresno’s leading scorer this season with 18 ppg and he landed on the All-WAC Second Team, but he is a gunner who attempted a total of 264 shots from three-point range, the same number of overall field goal attempts that Tyler Johnson had as the second-most field goal attempts on the roster. Jonathan Wills (10.5 ppg) is the only other double-digit scorer for a team that lacks a solid supporting cast.

New Mexico State (23-9 SU/13-12 ATS) was led by Wendell McKines in the win over Fresno as he registered a double-double with 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Aggies were Bandja Sy and Tyrone Watson with 22 and 11 points, respectively, as they closed the regular season with six wins in the last seven outings.

Expected to win it all in the WAC before the season began, NMSU finished second in the league with an 11-4 record. The Aggies, who have lost back-to-back games just once since the middle of December, were the top scoring team in the WAC with 78.4 ppg (#14 in nation) and they put up 115 points against Hawaii a few weeks back. McKines, who averaged a double-double with 18.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, was named to the All-WAC First Team.

The team lost Christian Kabongo (14.6 ppg), who left the program in early January, but Hernst Laroche (12.1 ppg) and Hamidu Rahman (10.4 ppg) have picked up the slack.

New Mexico State won both meetings with the Bulldogs this season, also taking a 60-56 home win on January 28th as -10 point favorites. Fresno has struggled in neutral site games over the years, going 7-19 ATS. NMSU has been a moneymaker in WAC games over recent times; logging a 33-16 SU mark and a 30-18-1 ATS record, including 21-6 ATS when playing WAC foes with three days or more of rest.

The Aggies are also 15-2 SU and 12-5 ATS in the WAC Conference Tournament when playing with three or more days of rest and 11-2 ATS in their conference tournament opener. And note NMSU is 27-13 ATS in March. The chalk or nothing here.

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