New Mexico vs San Diego State Preview, Odds, Selection

Game: New Mexico @ San Diego State (-15.5)

Sharp: Dave Miller

Selection: New Mexico (+15.5)

San Diego State (24-0, 13-0 Mountain West)—one of the more surprising stories of the 2019-20 college basketball season—looks to remain unbeaten on Tuesday night when it hosts New Mexico (17-8, 6-6) at Viejas Arena.

The fourth-ranked Aztecs were able to snag the NCAA's final No. 1 seed this past Saturday when it released its top-16 reveal. Gonzaga was placed one spot ahead of the Aztecs, which means SDSU could possibly be sent to New York for the East regionals if the Zags grab the 1-seed in the West. But that's thinking a little too far ahead to Selection Sunday…

For now, the Aztecs just have to keep winning and let things fall into place.

Brian Dutcher's Aztecs had no problem taking care of the Lobos in the first meeting between these teams just 13 days ago in Albuquerque. In that contest, the Aztecs scored the first 17 points of the game in an 85-57 victory that handed Paul Weir's Lobos their first loss at home this season. KJ Feagin scored 18 points, while Malachi Flynn added 12 points and six assists to lead the Aztecs.

It was a very short-handed New Mexico squad, however, as leading scorer JaQuan Lyle was among those missing. The Lobos lost five of six with Lyle and Vance Jackson out of the lineup. However, both returned this past weekend in the team's 97-68 win over Wyoming, and the duo combined for 25 points. So this will be a much different Lobos squad in this second meeting.

This is a showdown between the two best-shooting teams in the Mountain West. New Mexico leads the way at 48.5 percent, with SDSU connecting at a 47.4 percent clip, but the Aztecs play much better defense. Outside of Boise State's 47.9 percent shooting mark last month, no opponent has eclipsed that number against the Aztecs all season.

SDSU finished with 15 3-pointers in the first clash less than two weeks ago, so it will be tough to duplicate that prolific shooting even at home. Still, the Aztecs should extend the program's longest undefeated streak to start a season. But with New Mexico at +15.5 and coming off of a strong performance with Lyle and Jackson back, expect a closer matchup than the first as the Lobos are better-positioned to cover.


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