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Great Osobor is averaging 19 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game
The Aztecs have lost three of their previous six games
New Mexico has beaten both Utah State and SDSU this season
Nothing beats a mid-major conference tournament come March. With far fewer March Madness at-large bids available, mid-major teams battle it out for a chance at the conference’s ultimate prize: The automatic NCAA Tournament Bid.
Below, we will share the latest betting odds to win the 2024 Mountain West Conference Tournament, as well share our insights and predictions for the betting favorites to take home the title.
The Aggies remain the favorite to win the Mountain West Championship in 2024 despite a rough loss to San Diego State over the weekend. It was just their second loss since November 11, ending an impressive run that included a win over a good Colorado State team. While they haven’t played many elite teams, the Aggies have had no issues dominating their Mountain West rivals.
One big reason for the team’s success has been junior Great Osobor's breakout campaign. The forward averages 19 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. He has responded well to starting, averaging nine more points and five more rebounds than last season. His scoring boost is what this Utah State team had been missing, making them a popular pick to win the Mountain West.
This is an excellent mid-major team, but we aren’t sold on them winning this season’s conference tournament. Saturday’s loss to the Aztecs showed that they do not have the pedigree of a Final Four team. While they will win the regular-season title, we trust SDSU more come tournament time.
The Aztecs started the season 14-2 but have lost three of their six games since. That hurts their chances of winning the regular season Mountain West title, but we still love their chances of capturing the Tournament Championship. One reason is that many of their players from last season’s run to the NCAA Championship game are back. That experience level will play a significant factor in the Mountain West Tournament, which is why we are locking this bet in.
SDSU's defense led them on an impressive run to last year’s NCAA Championship Game, but the team struggled to find consistent offense. Their defense has dropped off a bit this year, but they have found a source of consistent offense in senior Jaedon Ledee. The forward averages 20.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, giving the team an elite offensive weapon. LeDee was on last year’s team but averaged just 7.9 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Something has clearly been off with SDSU, but they have the talent and experience to fix it over the next month. Their massive win over Utah State shows how good this team can be, and they will keep that momentum going.
The Lobos are currently ranked twenty-fifth in the country after losing to Boise State on Wednesday. They benefited from an easy non-conference schedule, but they have been playing as well as anyone in the conference. Before their last loss, they had won six straight games. That stretch includes wins over two ranked teams: Utah State and SDSU. Both wins came at home, but the Lobos dominated in both.
Jaelan House, Jamal Mashburn Jr, and Donovan Dany are averaging over 15 points per game. That trio of scorers is why the Lobos lead the Mountain West in scoring and contending for a conference championship.
While we like this Lobos team, we need to see how they fare on the road against SDSU and Utah State before betting on them to win the Mountain West Tournament.
Michael is an avid sports fan and a veteran bettor from Milwaukee. He learned the trade from his grandfather in Las Vegas as a kid and has turned that into a successful career. He cheers for all Wisconsin pro teams along with his Alma Mater Arizona State. He specializes in baseball betting, but has experience in football, basketball, and hockey as well. When he isn’t pouring over stats, he’s spending time with his two young children.More info on Michael Savio
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