UNLV Rebels vs. Wyoming Cowboys - 3/13/14 Mountain West Quarterfinal
Wyoming Cowboys (18-13) at UNLV Rebels (19-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: UNLV Rebels -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wyoming Cowboys and UNLV Rebels will play Thursday in a Mountain West quarterfinal matchup. These two teams back on February 8, and the Rebels won 48-46.
The Cowboys have been a completely different team since their leading scorer and rebounder in Larry Nance Jr. got hurt. They’ve lost four of their last five games and aren’t playing the same on either side of the ball. During that stretch, they’re averaging 64 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 69.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting. The defense has obviously felt the most impact with his loss, as they usually allow 61.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. The Cowboys aren’t a very deep team at all with only six players besides Nance averaging double-digit minutes. They are 15-11-2 ATS overall.
The Rebels have also been in a bit of a funk, losing four of their last six games to end the season, as many of their top players missed playing time for various reasons. Bryce Dejean-Jones and Khem Birch are probable, while Roscoe Smith remains questionable for this matchup. On the season, the Rebels average 72 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allow 65.7 points on 40.2 percent shooting. The Rebels rely mainly on their defense and their rebounding, which averages 40.2 boards, to win games. They are 18-12-1 ATS overall.
This is an interesting line considering we don’t know for sure if Smith is going to return from a concussion. He is the Rebels third-leading scorer and best rebounder. When he didn’t play against Nevada, the Wolf Pack not only won, but they snagged 37 rebounds.
Still, whether he plays or not, Wyoming is one of the smallest teams in the conference and won’t be able to compete on the glass without Nance.
Give me UNLV in a double-digit win.