New Mexico St. Aggies vs. Indiana Hoosiers
The Indiana Hoosiers and the New Mexico State Aggies meet on Thursday in Portland for a first round NCAA Tournament game. The Hoosiers are -6.5 point favorites over the Aggies with an over/under point total set at 151.
The Indiana Hoosiers had a nice comeback season but Tom Crean’s team would like to put an exclamation point on it by having a nice run in the NCAA Tournament. Indiana was 14-1 in non conference games, 2-1 in neutral site games, 5-5 against teams ranked in the top 25, and they played the 33rd ranked schedule in the nation. Cody Zeller is averaging 15.5 points and 6.4 rebounds, Christian Watford is averaging 12 points 5.9 rebounds, Jordan Hulls is averaging 11.5 points, and Victor Oladipo is averaging 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. As a team the Hoosiers are averaging 77.3 points and they are shooting 48.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.5 points and their opponents are shooting 42.1 percent. Indiana has won eight of their last 10 games to close out the year.
The New Mexico State Aggies didn’t win the regular season WAC title but Marvin Menzies’ team took their high scoring style to the WAC Tournament and walked out with the win and the spot in March Madness. NMSU was 15-5 in out of conference games, 5-1 in neutral site games, they didn’t play a team ranked in the top 25, and they played the 134th ranked schedule in the nation. Wendell McKines averages 18.8 points and 10.8 rebounds, Hernst Laroche averages 12 points, and Hamidu Rahman is averaging 10 points and 5.9 rebounds. As a team the Aggies are averaging 78.5 points and they shoot 47.2 percent while defensively they allow 68 points and their opponents shoot 42.5 percent. New Mexico State is relentless on the offensive boards and while they haven’t gotten a lot of press out in the WAC they are a handful to stop.
Indiana is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, 4-12-1 against the spread in their last 17 neutral site games, and 7-0 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games. New Mexico State is 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 neutral site games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
The total is set at 151 and while that is a big number this one should sail past it.