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#695 New Mexico State -4 vs.
#696 Washington State 136
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 3:00pm EST
Written by Diamond Dave

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The Washington State Cougars host the New Mexico State Aggies Saturday in college basketball action. The Cougars are 4-4 on the year while the Aggies are 5-4. These two teams played twice last year and New Mexico State won them both in close games. Tipoff is Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington.

Aggies top UTEP

The New Mexico State Aggies got back on track on Tuesday with a 59-56 win over the University of Texas-El Paso. The win improved the Aggies record to 5-4. C.J. Bobbitt led the Aggies with 14 points and hit four clutch free throws in the final minute to seal the victory. New Mexico State controlled the paint, outscoring UTEP 32-22 inside the paint. They also won the rebound battle 36 to 28.

Johnny McCants added 13 points while and Jabari Rice tossed in 10 points. Both of these players came off the bench, giving the Aggies a huge advantage off the bench. It was UTEP's first loss of the season. New Mexico State shot 39 percent from the field and 26 percent from three. The Aggies also had 7 steals and forced 15 turnovers.

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Cougars take out Idaho

The Washington State Cougars improved to 5-4 with a 78-65 win at Idaho on Wednesday. Tony Miller led the way with 18 points while Noah Williams added 12 points for the Cougars.Miller shot 6-of-7 from the field and made 6-of-8 free throws. He also had five rebounds and had two steals. Jervae Robinson and CJ Elleby also added 10 points each.

''Tony is just different. He is quick and long and can score near the basket and get rebounds. Not afraid to stick his nose in there and take a charge,'' said Washington State coachKyle Smith said, reported Cougars basketball.''It is welcome especially because it is his first year in the program. He embodies what we preach. He has a great attitude and works hard. That motivates the other guys to play hard.''

The Cougars won the rebounding battle 39-29 and had 12 steals. They also forced 18 turnovers. Washington State averages about 8 turnovers per game, among the best in the nation.

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Take the Cougars here. This is an interesting match up. These are two physical, defensive-minded teams. The Cougars are very efficient with the ball, ranking among the best in not turning the call over. New Mexico State is a very good defensive basketball team, which creates offense through its defense. This should be a really tight game that goes down to the wire. But I like the Cougars to prevail. New Mexico State beat them twice last year in a couple of close games, so look for more of the same with the home team emerging victorious in this one.

Prediction: Washington State

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Take the under here. This has all the earmarks of a lo scoring game. Just look at the games the Aggies have played this year. They have held most of their opponents below 70 points with their very good defense. They play a very deliberate offensive style, ranking 327th in the country in pace of play, which means they are slow and like to eat up the shot clock.  They will drag the pace of this game down as that is their best chance to win. The Cougars can definitely execute in the half court offense, so it shouldn't be an issue, but take the under.

Prediction: Under
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Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.