College basketball betting fans knew that BYU and UNLV would be tough but New Mexico has emerged as a leading March Madness betting contender. New Mexico was the top Mountain West Conference college basketball betting commodity with a record of 23-3 straight up and 16-7-2 against the spread.
The Lobos would be one of the top offensive and rebounding teams in all of March Madness betting as they ranked in the upper ten percent of teams in both of those categories. The Lobos padded their credentials with the March Madness odds by scoring back-to-back straight up road wins at UNLV and Utah on February 10th and 13th.
They have also scored impressive non conference college basketball betting wins over Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and California. BYU was second in the Mountain West with a college basketball betting record of 23-3 straight up and 13-10 against the spread.
The Cougars are a lethal college basketball betting commodity on offense as they ranked 5th in the nation for scoring, 8th in the nation for field goal percentage, and were the top free throw shooting team in the country. They also have a defense that ranks in the upper sixth in the college basketball betting national ranks.
Jimmer Fredette is one of the top players in the league as he led the Cougars in scoring with 20.9-points per game and also led in assists with 5.0-per game. UNLV had a college basketball betting record of 19-6 straight up and 15-8 against the spread.
The Runnin’ Rebels hit a college basketball betting pot hole, however, with back-to-back losses to New Mexico and at San Diego State. Speaking of San Diego State, the Aztecs were in the thick of the Mountain West race with a mark of 18-7 straight up and 13-9 against the spread.
Defense was their strength as they ranked in the upper fifth of the national rankings. Their win over UNLV on February 13th solidified them as a legitimate contender. They also scored a home win over New Mexico on January 5.