Wyoming Cowboys vs New Mexico Lobos: Preview, Odds, How To Watch

Wyoming Cowboys vs New Mexico Lobos: Preview, Odds, How To Watch

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  • Date: Saturday, January 6, 2024

  • Time: 10:00 PM ET

  • TV: CBS Sports Network

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  • Where: Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Venue: The Pit

On Saturday, January 6, 2024, at The Pit, the Wyoming Cowboys (8-6, 1-0 MWC) seek to break a four-game road losing streak as they face the New Mexico Lobos (12-2, 0-1 MWC). 

The match will be televised at 10:00 PM ET on CBS Sports Network. This preview delves into the odds and lines for the New Mexico vs. Wyoming game.

In their recent matchup against San Jose State, the Wyoming Cowboys they secured a narrow victory with a final score of 75-73.

 In terms of personal fouls, the Cowboys accumulated 10, while San Jose State totaled 17 fouls.

 Wyoming displayed proficiency from long range, making 12 of 31 attempts. San Jose State managed a 75.0% success rate in free throws, converting 9 of 12 attempts. 

Despite collecting 35 boards (8 offensive, 27 defensive), San Jose State failed to record a block.

 They recorded nine assists and two steals. On the defensive end, Wyoming allowed their opponents to shoot 44.1% from the floor, with 26 successful shots out of 59 attempts. 

Wyoming distributed ten assists, forced 11 turnovers, and secured six steals. They earned 29 rebounds, including 5 offensive rebounds. 

The Cowboys achieved an impressive 92.0% accuracy from the free-throw line, making 23 of 25 attempts. 

Wyoming finished with a 42.1% field goal percentage (24 out of 57) and converted 4 out of 12 three-point attempts. Sam Griffin played a crucial role in the game, shooting 50.0% from the floor, contributing two assists, and grabbing six rebounds. 

He played for 36 minutes and scored 23 points on 10 out of 20 shooting.

Looking at their overall performance, Wyoming holds an 8-6 win-loss record for the season. 

They average 74.9 points per game, shooting 45.8% from the field. The Cowboys have a 40.5% success rate on three-pointers (102 of 252) and a 75.7% accuracy from the free-throw line.

 Wyoming secures an average of 33.9 rebounds per game and has recorded 168 assists for the season. However, they face challenges with turnovers, averaging 14.5 per game and committing 15.5 fouls on average.

Defensively, the Cowboys force 14.1 turnovers per game and draw 20.9 personal fouls. 

They allow opponents to shoot 44.2% from the field and concede an average of 32.9 rebounds per game. Wyoming permits a 32.2% success rate on three-pointers and is ranked 231st in points allowed per game (73.0).

The New Mexico Lobos suffered a 76-68 defeat against Colorado State in their previous game. 

Despite securing 21 defensive rebounds and five offensive rebounds, totaling 26 rebounds, the Lobos committed ten turnovers and managed to steal the ball ten times. 

Colorado State committed 14 personal fouls, sending the Lobos to the free-throw line for 11 attempts, of which they converted 4 (36.4%).

 New Mexico shot 47.1% from three-point range, making 8 of 17 attempts. The Lobos shot 46.7% from the field, converting 28 of 60 attempts. 

Defensively, they allowed Colorado State to shoot 49.1% from the field, making 26 of 53 attempts. 

Colorado State achieved a 31.6% success rate from three-point range, making 6 of 19 attempts. Colorado State shot 85.7% from the free-throw line, converting 18 of 21 attempts.

JT Toppin was a standout player for the Lobos in the game, shooting 57.1% from the field, grabbing 11 rebounds, and contributing two assists. He scored 17 points in 30 minutes of play.

New Mexico holds a 12-2 record for the season, shooting 46.8% from the field and averaging 83.4 points per game. They secure an average of 40.5 rebounds per game and record 16.2 assists per contest. 

However, turnovers remain a concern, with an average of 10.6 per game. The Lobos commit 18.9 personal fouls, shooting 66.1% from the free-throw line.

Defensively, the Lobos allow 67.8 points per game, forcing 16.2 turnovers per contest. 

They limit opponents to a 40.4% field goal success rate and a 30.5% success rate from three-point range. 

New Mexico concedes an average of 71.8% from the free-throw line and allows 35.6 rebounds per game.

New Mexico boasts a 9-4-0 record against the spread this season, contrasting with Wyoming’s 5-8-0. 

Regarding surpassing the set point total, the Lobos’ games stand at 5-8-0, while the Cowboys’ are at 8-5-0. 

Over the past ten games, New Mexico holds an 8-2 record against the spread and an impressive 9-1 overall performance. 

Conversely, Wyoming has recorded a 4-6 against the spread and a 5-5 overall record in its last ten games.

 According to the computer numbers prediction, the projected final score favors New Mexico heavily, with an expected outcome of 82-67.

New Mexico holds a 9-4-0 record against the spread this season, while Wyoming stands at 5-8-0. 

Regarding hitting the over, the Lobos’ games are at 5-8-0, while the Cowboys’ are at 8-5-0. Over the past ten games, New Mexico boasts an 8-2 record against the spread and a 9-1 overall performance.

 On the other hand, Wyoming has gone 4-6 against the spread and 5-5 overall in its last ten games.

 New Mexico Players to watch.

JT Toppin leads the team with an impressive average of 7.9 rebounds per game. He also contributes 12.7 points and 0.6 assists, showcasing an impressive shooting accuracy of 67.3%.

Nelly Junior Joseph contributes across the board with 8.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. On the defensive end, he also makes an impact with 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocked shots.

Wyoming Players to watch.

Akuel Kot contributes significantly to the Cowboys, delivering 15.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. Additionally, he maintains averages of 0.9 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.

Caden Powell stands out as the leading rebounder for the Cowboys, securing an impressive 6.1 rebounds per game while also contributing 8.1 points and 1.7 assists.

 Look for Richard Pitinos Lobos to have a big bounce-back game from last week’s CSU Rams loss. 

The Lobos displayed an unusual struggle at the free-throw line and in rebounding, which are typically strengths for them. 

Key factors for their success include maintaining the presence of point guard Jaelen House on the court without foul trouble and consistent double-figure scoring from Jamal Mashburn.

As well as a  strong performance from post-freshman JT Toppin and contributions from Donovan Dent, who has recently struggled with a thigh injury. 

Dent has looked downright scary with his explosive plays and court savvy when healthy. 

The PIT proves to be a challenging venue for opposing teams to secure victories, and the Lobos aim to leverage the energy from their home court to secure their first Mountain West Conference win.


Story originally appeared on Mountain West Wire