UNLV vs. San Diego State - 1/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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San Diego State Aztecs (20-0) at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (11-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: UNLV Runnin' Rebels +8 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The San Diego State Aztecs and the UNLV Rebels meet in Mountain West conference college basketball action from the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday afternoon.
The San Diego State Aztecs will look to remain unbeaten on the year after improving to 20-0 on the year following a 72-55 win over Wyoming last time out. Malachi Flynn led the Aztecs with 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a team-high 5 assists and 4 steals while Matt Mitchell chipped in 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 3 threes while Yanni Wetzell added 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Jordan Schakel added 11 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Aztecs in the win. KJ Feagin added 5 points with 5 assists as well in the victory. Flynn leads San Diego State in scoring and assists with an average of 15.6 points and 5 assists per game while Nathan Mensah leads San Diego State in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, San Diego State is averaging 74.7 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 37.8% from behind the arc and 75.2% from the foul line this season. The Aztecs also own a top-5 defense, holding opponents to just 56.7 points per game on 36.7% shooting from the field and 27.3% from behind the arc this season.
The UNLV Rebels will look to rebound after an 86-72 loss to Nevada last time out. Bryce Hamilton led the Rebels with 26 points along with 7 rebounds while Amauri Hardy added 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 3 threes as the only other double-digit scorer for UNLV in the losing effort. Cheikh Mbacke Diong added 6 points with a team-high 10 rebounds while Marvin Coleman added 5 points with 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Hardy leads UNLV in scoring with an average of 15.1 points per game while Diong leads the Rebels in rebounding with 9 rebounds per game and Elijah Mitrou-Long leads the Rebels in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, UNLV is averaging 71.9 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 31.5% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line this season.
San Diego State is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 12-4 in their last 16 Sunday games. UNLV is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a home underdog while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. The favorite is 6-0-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
The points with the home dog are usually tempting, but the problem is that while UNLV is covering the number at home, the Aztecs are just doing a better job at winning games and covering the number on the road. It would be one thing if the Aztecs were just winning but scraping by, but no, the Aztecs are winning convincingly away from home. I just think that San Diego State will frustrate the Rebels in this one, so I’ll side with San Diego State for the win and cover here.