Oral Roberts vs New Mexico State NCAA Basketball Spread Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on Sunday,December 20, 2015 7:39, EST in

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will be hoping to soar higher in the Summit standings by notching a road win, when they travel to the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Monday, December 21st to take on the New Mexico Aggies. This NCAAB betting showdown is set to kick-off at 9:00 PM ET. Follow our college hoops odds expert as they take you through a brief betting preview of this crucial matchup.

A Closer Look at the Eagles vs. Aggies NCAA Basketball Spread Preview

This NCAAB betting showdown is set to kick-off at 9:00 PM ET. Follow our college basketball odds expert as they take you through a brief betting preview of this crucial matchup.

Why Bet on the New Mexico State Aggies

Like the Eagles, the Aggies had a decent start on the season, collecting five wins in their first seven games, but have since gone cold, losing their last three in a row, including the 79-61 loss to rivals New Mexico on Wednesday night. It was the same story once again, as New Mexico State’s offense failed to light it up, making it hard to match New Mexico’s offensive tenacity.

If the Aggies (5-5) are to witness a better result and have a chance of stopping their three-game slide, they will need all hands on deck, rather than just relying on the services of star forward Pascal Siakam, who leads the team with 23.2 PPG and a 56.5 field goal percentage. This will be very crucial, particularly because Ian Baker, the Aggies’ second-best scorer and leader in assists per game (at 3.2) suffered a concussion on Wednesday and could be out of Monday’s clash.

Why Bet on the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

After dropping just two of their first 10 games this season, the Golden Eagles find themselves reeling on a two-game slide with two back-to-back losses in their last two games, pushing their season record to 8-4. In their most recent loss to Missouri State on Wednesday Night, the Eagles were admittedly guilty of making a slow start, and were duly punished for it, getting outscored 45-22 in the first half. So although they outscored Missouri State 44-40 in the second half, it proved too little too late to help them claim the win. The onus for the talented Eagles offense this Monday will therefore be on Obi Emegano (team-high 23.3 PPG) and Co. to have a better start and take advantage of Oral Roberts’ solid offense that is averaging a decent 79.2 PPG ahead of the weekend games.

My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Though the Aggies have a decent defense (giving up just 66.5 PPG) that can keep them hanging with Oral Roberts, their offense is in utter disarray, with Siakam and Baker being the only bright performers. Against the Golden Eagles that have a strong supporting offensive cast for Emegano, along with a healthier team, we feel the Oral Roberts will just about manage to eke out a thrilling tight win over the New Mexico State in an averagely scoring game.

My Final Score Prediction: Oral Roberts 76, New Mexico State 75.