The biggest line movement in college basketball on Wednesday surrounds some chaos regarding the New Mexico Lobos. The Lobos are scheduled to face the undefeated #4 San Diego State Aztecs tonight in The Pit in Albuquerque at 9:00 p.m. ET.
A party at an an AirBnB off-campus on Saturday had a shooting, with Lobos average leading scorer JaQuan Lyle listed as the name on the rental agreement. Lyle hasn’t played with a minor knee injury since January 18th, but other players attended the party as well, and suspensions might be forthcoming.
The Lobos actually played a game Saturday night in Reno against Nevada, but chartered back and gave the team enough time to make the party. Lyle also has a long history of challenges in college basketball off the court at several schools.
Junior guard Vance Jackson is also listed as questionable with a knee injury. He hasn’t played since January 15th and scores 9.2 points per game. This is in addition to two starters in J.J. Caldwell and Carlton Bragg Jr. already being suspended and likely lost for the year involving potential charges that have been turned over to the Albuquerque police department.
It’s a mess for a proud program like UNM right now, and there’s no worse time to be catching what might be the hottest team in America coming to your gym for what should be a celebration of great basketball.
The spread opened at SDSU -4, but is already up to -11.5, with 64% of the cash and 52% of the bets on the Aztecs. The total has also fallen from an open of 145 to now 142.5 at DraftKings.
Despite winning 13-straight in one of the legendary home court advantages in college sports, it seems the betting public favors the Lobos going down hard tonight.
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