Big 12 powerhouse Baylor battles New Mexico State in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament this Friday, March 17. The game takes place at Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa Oklahoma. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:40 pm ET.
How To Bet The New Mexico State Aggies Vs Baylor Bears Line & Free Pick
New Mexico State finished the season with a 23-5 straight up record. Baylor finished with a 25-7 straight up record. Baylor went 14-13 against the spread while New Mexico State went 3-2 ATS.
What: No. 14 New Mexico State Aggies (28-5) vs No. 3 Baylor Bears (25-7)
When: Friday, March 20, 2017
Start Time: 12:40 PM ET
Where: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Stadium: Bank of Oklahoma Center
Spread: Baylor -12.5
Moneyline: New Mexico +625 vs Baylor -950
Game Total: 134.5
Listen: New Mexico State vs Baylor
Bet New Mexico State at +12.5 Because…
New Mexico State has won 5 straight. The Aggies appear to be peaking at the perfect time. New Mexico State beat Cal-State Bakersfield, an NIT Tournament participant, 70 to 60 to win the WAC Tournament. The Aggies are on a roll, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Bet Baylor at -12.5 Because…
Baylor is one of the best teams in the Big 12. The Bears started out the season going 15 and 0. They started losing games once 2017 hit. But, they’re still one of the best teams in one of the best conferences in college basketball. If Baylor comes out swinging, they should take down New Mexico State without any issues.
New Mexico State vs Baylor Pick & Final Score Prediction
Beating a team and covering the spread versus a team are two different things. So, although I don’t believe New Mexico State beats Baylor straight up on Friday, I do feel that the Aggies have a shot of keeping the margin under 13 points.
New Mexico State averages 78.9 points per game. They allow 67.2 points per. The Aggies also have two star players in Ian Baker, 16.3 points, 4.3 boards, and 4.1 assists per, and 6’ 7” Eli Chua, 12.4 points and 9 boards per.
Chua and Baker are good enough to keep this one close.