Boise State vs. UNLV - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boise State Broncos (19-11) at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (17-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: UNLV Runnin' Rebels -2.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boise State Broncos (19-11, 11-7 CONF) and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (17-14, 12-6 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 5th for a Mountain West Conference Tournament Quarterfinal. The game will be played at 5:00 PM eastern time and will be at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV. This game is technically at a neutral site location, but it is still the home of UNLV basketball, therefore it really is a home game for UNLV.
Boise State and UNLV were given byes in the first round of the Mountain West conference tourney. The last game Boise State played was against these UNLV Rebels on the road in a 76-66 loss. UNLV’s last game was a road route of San Jose State, 92-69 on February 29th. UNLV defeated #5 San Diego State on the road on February 22nd, the first and only loss for SDSU this season.
Boise State scores 76.5 points per game on 45.2 percent field goal shooting this season. Boise State’s leading scorer is G Derrick Alston, who scores 17.6 points per game. The leading rebounder for Boise State is F RJ Williams, who earns 8.6 rebounds per game. Boise State allows 69.4 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +7.1 scoring differential so far this season. Boise State also earns 34.5 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 5.9 steals per game as a team.
UNLV scores 72.5 points per game on 43.7 percent field goal shooting this season. UNLV’s leading scorer is G Bryce Hamilton, who scores 15.8 points per game. The leading rebounder is F Cheikh Mbacke Diong, who earns 8.0 rebounds per game. UNLV allows 70.2 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +2.3 scoring differential so far this season. UNLV also earns 39.1 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 6.2 steals per game as a team.
Boise State 18-11 against the spread this season and 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games. Boise State is also 5-7 against the spread on the road so far this season. UNLV is 17-14 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. UNLV is also 11-7 against the spread at home so far this season.
UNLV is on a roll, winning five straight games including the beast of the Mountain West in San Diego State. I have to take UNLV in a virtual home game against a team they just beat by double-digits very recently.