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UNLV Rebels vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/19/13

Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0) at UNLV Rebels (2-1)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)

The Line: UNLV Rebels +3.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSC

The UNLV Rebels and the Arizona State Sun Devils face off on Tuesday in college basketball action.

The UNLV Rebels are off to a 2-1 start but already we are seeing signs that this could be a trying year. UNLV were thrashed by 21 points by UC Santa Barbara in a game they were favored by 21.5 and then struggled to a three-point win over Nebraska Omaha. Roscoe Smith leads UNLV averaging 13 points per game with 14.7 rebounds. Kevin Olekaibe is averaging 13.3 points, Khem Birch is averaging 10 points and 10.3 rebounds, and Kendall Smith is averaging 8.3 points. UNLV is averaging 68.3 points and they are shooting 41.2 percent from the floor, 37 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 50 percent from the free throw line while defensively they are allowing 68 points per game and their opponents are shooting 38.7 percent. The expectation for UNLV is much higher than what they have shown thus far and missing Bryce Dejean-Jones with a hamstring injury isn’t helping.

UNLV Rebels vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/19/13

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The Arizona State Sun Devils are off to a 3-0 start and thus far no one has even been close to staying with them. ASU has been lighting up the scoreboard. Arizona State beat UMBC by 35 in their first game, then beat Miami (OH) by 36, and then knocked off Idaho State by 28 but this is their first road game of the year. Jahil Carson is averaging 18.7 points and 5.0 assists per game to lead the Sun Devils. Jermaine Marshall is averaging 18 points, Jordan Bachynski is averaging 12.7 points and 11.7 rebounds, and Jonathan Gilling is averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. Arizona State is averaging 91.3 points and they are shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, 44.6 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 68.6 percent from the free throw line while defensively they are allowing 58.3 points per game and their opponents are shooting 35.4 percent.

UNLV is 2-5 against the spread against the Pac-12, 8-23 against the spread following a win, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games. Arizona State is 6-0 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, 9-4 against the spread following a win, and 1-5 against the spread against the Mountain West.

The line looks so low it almost looks like a trap but more than likely it is public perception which as usual is off base; the play here is Arizona State.

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Arizona State Sun Devils -3.5

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