UNLV vs. Southern Utah - 12/27/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Utah Thunderbirds (3-7) at UNLV Rebels (8-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: UNLV Rebels -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UNLV Rebels and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds face off on Saturday in the Thomas and Mack Center in college basketball action.
The UNLV Rebels are 8-3 this season and they are coming off of a monster win over number three ranked Arizona. UNLV is averaging 63.3 points and they are shooting 41.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.1 points and their opponents are shooting 38.4 percent. Rashad Vaughn leads the Rebels averaging 17.7 points per game. Christian Wood is averaging 13.9 points and 9.6 rebounds, Patrick McCaw is averaging 7.5 points, and Cody Doolin is averaging 6.9 points. UNLV is 6-0 at home this season.
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The Southern Utah Thunderbirds are 3-7 this season but they are coming off of a win in their last game. Southern Utah is averaging 67.4 points and they are shooting 44.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 78 points and their opponents are shooting 47.9 percent. A.J. Hess leads the Thunderbirds averaging 13.7 points per game. Tyler Rawson is averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds, Casey Oliverson is averaging 5.7 points, and Travon Langston is averaging 6.0 points. Southern Utah is 1-4 on the road this season.
UNLV is 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games, 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games. Southern Utah is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 road games, and 1-5 against the spread against the Mountain West.
UNLV is the better team and they win here but this looks like an obvious letdown spot so my pick is Southern Utah.