San Diego State vs. UNLV - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UNLV Rebels (10-7) at San Diego State Aztecs (13-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl)
The Line: San Diego State Aztecs -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The UNLV Rebels and San Diego State Aztecs meet Saturday afternoon at the Viejas Arena.
The UNLV Rebels have split their last 10 games and look for their second MWC victory. On the season, UNLV is averaging 65.8 points on 43 percent shooting and is allowing 64.6 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Rashad Vaughn is averaging 17.5 points and 4.8 rebounds while Christian Wood is averaging 14.8 points and 10 rebounds. Cody Doolin is dishing 4.5 assists and Patrick McCaw is shooting 38.3 percent from the field. The UNLV Rebels rely on their defense that’s allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of their last eight games. Offensively, UNLV is shooting 64.9 percent from the line and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc. The UNLV Rebels are 0-4 SU on the road.
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The San Diego State Aztecs have won six of their last seven games and look for their fourth MWC win. On the season, SDSU is averaging 61.2 points on 39.9 percent shooting and is allowing 53.6 points on 37 percent shooting. Winston Shepard is averaging 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds while Aqeel Quinn is averaging 10 points and 3.1 rebounds. J.J. O'Brien is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Dwayne Polee II is shooting 31 percent from the field. The San Diego State Aztecs rely on their defense that’s allowing 27.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 59 or less points in seven straight games. Offensively, San Diego State is shooting 62.6 percent from the line and 28 percent from downtown. SDSU is 10-0 SU on its home court.
The Runnin' Rebels are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Mountain West and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Aztecs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Runnin' Rebels are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in San Diego State and 6-20-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings overall.
Nine of the last 10 meetings between these two teams have been decided by nine or less points. The bottom line is that both clubs play above-average defense and are used to these grind-it-out style games. SDSU doesn't score enough to win many blowouts, which is why I'm taking the points here.