Wyoming vs. Nevada - 2/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Nevada Wolf Pack (18-10) at Wyoming Cowboys (7-21)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Arena-Auditorium)
The Line: Wyoming Cowboys +10 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Nevada Wolf Pack will travel to Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, WY to take on the Wyoming Cowboys this Tuesday in a Mountain West showdown, tipping off at 9:00PM EST.
The Nevada Wolf Pack have won five games in a row and improved to 18-10 (11-5 Mountain West) on the season after defeating the Fresno State Bulldogs, 78-76, this past Saturday. Nevada was down 43-42 at the half and dropped to a 69-60 deficit with just 7:32 remaining. The Wolf Pack mounted a comeback from there, outpacing Fresno State 28-7 in the final stretch of the game to get the win. Nevada shot 47.5% from the field and 42.3% from three-point range. Jalen Harris led the charge for the Wolf Pack with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the game.
On the season, Nevada is averaging 77.5 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack are also netting 10.1 three-pointers per game on 38.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Jalen Harris (21.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.0 apg), Jazz Johnson (16.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Lindsey Drew (11.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.3 apg) have been the leaders on offense for Nevada this season.
Defensively, Nevada is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 points per game on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack are grabbing just 5.1 steals per game leading to a turnover margin of -1.1 on the season.
The Wyoming Cowboys won their last game and improved to 7-21 (2-14 Mountain West) on the season after defeating the Air Force Falcons, 78-72, this past Saturday. Wyoming led 31-30 at the half but trailed for most of the second half. The Cowboys took the lead in the last minute, going up 73-72 with just 0:52 remaining in the game and were able to hold on for the victory. Wyoming shot 50.9% from the field and 39.1% from three-point range. Greg Milton III led the way for the Cowboys with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
On the season, Wyoming is averaging 61.1 points per game on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are also averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Hunter Maldonado (16.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Jake Hendricks (9.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg) have been the leaders offensively for Wyoming this season.
Defensively, Wyoming is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are grabbing 5.2 steals per game and have a turnover margin of -0.3 on the season.
Nevada is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games and 5-5 against the spread on the road this season. Wyoming is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games and 6-1 against the spread in their last 7 games played in February.
Nevada comes into the game ranking 8th in the country in made three-pointers per game and 11th in 3pt FG%. The Wolf Pack are also 38th in college basketball with 15.0 assists per game. Wyoming is taking advantage of their opportunity at the line, ranking 128th in team FT% at 72.1% on the season.
Wyoming lost a tight contest 68-67 in their earlier matchup with Nevada on the road but have struggled lately, going just 2-12 in their last 14 games. I think Wyoming will keep this game close again and contain Nevada’s potent three-point offense at home. I’m taking Wyoming to cover this fairly high spread in this one.