New Mexico State Aggies vs UConn Huskies 3-17-22

New Mexico State Aggies vs UConn Huskies 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

New Mexico State Aggies vs UConn Huskies 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The 12th ranked New Mexico State Aggies (WAC) will be in collision with the 5th ranked UConn Huskies (Big East) in the 1st round of Men’s Basketball Championship- West Region at KeyBank Center in Buffalo on Thursday at 6:50 PM ET.

 

New Mexico State heads to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament after winning six of their last eight outings and improving their overall standing to 26-6 on the season. The Aggies punched their ticket to the big dance after they successfully earned the conference title in shutting down the Abilene Christian Wildcats at 66-52 on March 12.

 

The 12-seed New Mexico State topped all teams at 14-4 in the Western Athletic Conference with a 26-6 overall standing and a 10-3 record in playing away from home.

 

The Aggies dominated the match against the Wildcats after scoring 30 points in the first half and 36 in the second while holding the scoring of ACU to just 52 on the eventual 66-52 victory. Guard Clayton Henry led the way for New Mexico State with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and one assist.

 

The Aggies’ offense gained an average of 73.3 PPG with an average of 36.8 rebounds and 14.8 assists per contest while their defense allowed an average of 65.0 PPG but averaged 3.5 blocks and 4.8 steals per contest.

 

Junior Guard Teddy Allen led the offense for New Mexico State with an average of 16.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per match while Sophomore Forward Will McNair Jr. chipped in an average of 6.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per outing.

 

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New Mexico State Aggies vs UConn Huskies Predictions 3/17/2022

 

The 5th ranked UConn Huskies made it to the NCAA Tournament- first round after hitting an 8-3 run with an overall record of 23-9 in ending the regular season.

 

The Huskies won the closing game of the regular season versus DePaul at 75-68 and slipped through Seton Hall at 62-52 in the opening match of the conference tournament but failed to continue their success after losing the next round to Villanova at 60-63 on March 11.

 

The 5-seed Connecticut occupied 3rd place at 13-6 in the Big East Conference with an overall record of 23-9 while splitting their last 10 road tours of the season.

 

The Huskies trailed a 32-33 lead at the break and did not recover from there after scoring 28-30 in the final half on the way to their 60-63 defeat. Guard Tyrese Martin scored 19 points in leading the scoring for UConn and also grabbed 7 boards for the Huskies.

 

Guard RJ Cole averages 16.1 PPG with an average of 3.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists in leading Connecticut while Forward Adama Sanogo averages 14.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1 assist per match for the Huskies.

 

The offense for UConn gained an average scoring of 75.2 PPG with an average of 40.7 rebounds and 14.5 assists per contest while their defense held their opponents to just 65.2 PPG with an average of 6.6 blocks and 6.3 assists per game.     

    

No.12 New Mexico State Aggies vs. no.5 UConn Huskies. The NCAAB Pick for this outing is Connecticut -6.5. This will be a close match between these teams as the Aggies averaged 73.3 PPG and allowed 65.0 PPG while the Huskies posted 75.2 PPG and gave up an average of 65.2 PPG to their opponents. The prediction: The UConn Huskies will win at 70-63.

 

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New Mexico State Aggies vs UConn Huskies 3/17/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 6:50 PM ET

 

Location: KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY

 

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022

 

TV: TRUTV

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: UConn Huskies -6.5        

 

NCAAB Totals: 132

 

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