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UNLV Rebels vs. Air Force Falcons - 3/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Air Force Falcons (14-16) at UNLV Rebels (17-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)

The Line: UNLV Rebels -11 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Air Force Falcone will face off against the UNLV Red Rebels in the 1st round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

 The Air Force Falcons ended the regular season with a 14-17 record and 10th in the Mountain West. Air Force finished dead last in the conference in points per game with 67.3. Air Force ended the season dropping their last 3 games. The Leading scorer for the Flacons has been Hayden Graham who is averaging 13.7 points per game and 6.2 rebounds. Trevor Lyons is second on the team with 12.7 points per game and 3.5 rebounds.

UNLV Rebels vs. Air Force Falcons - 3/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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 The UNLV Rebels finished their regular season with a 17-14 record and 6th in the Mountain West. The Rebels ended their season losing 2 out of their last 3 games. The Rebels finished third in the conference in points per game with 77.1. The leading scorer for the Rebels has been Patrick McCaw who is averaging 13.9 points per game and 4.9 rebounds with 4.0 assists. Derrick Jones Jr. is second on the team with 11.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds.

 The Air Force Falcons are 2-7 against the spread in their last 9 road games. The Falcons are 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 Wednesday games. UNLV is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Rebels are 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games overall. 

Both the Air Force Falcons and the UNLV Rebels ended the regular season poorly. Neither of these teams have much of a shot of making the Tournament and would have to win this Tournament. These two teams split their regular season series each winning at home. UNLV is the better team here. I expect Air Force to barely hang around early and for UNLV to pull away late.

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UNLV -11

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