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UNLV Rebels vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (3-2) at UNLV Rebels (3-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)

The Line: UNLV Rebels -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Coming up on Saturday evening from Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, we’ve got college basketball action coming between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels as part of the Global Sports Classic. 

Western Kentucky enters this game with a 3-2 record on the season. The Hilltoppers bagged a pair of victories to start the season against Alabama State 79-66 and Jacksonville State 74-67, but then dropped their next game against Belmont 90-69. Western Kentucky bounced back with a win 77-56 over North Carolina A&T but then fell to Washington 86-47 in Friday’s game. 

UNLV Rebels vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


So far this season, Que Johnson is leading the Hilltoppers with 14.8 PPG and 5.2 RPG. Pancake Thomas and Justin Johnson are also averaging in double-figures for Western Kentucky; Thomas sits on 12.0 PPG with 3.0 RPG and Johnson is flirting with a double-double average with 12.0 PPG and 9.4 RPG so far. 

Over on the UNLV side, they’re coming into Saturday with a 3-2 record this year as well. The Rebels dropped their opener against South Alabama 76-68, then won their next three games 74-62 against UC Riverside, 77-68 versus Cal State Fullerton and 110-71 against Northern Arizona. UNLV dropped Friday’s Global Sports Classic game against TCU 63-59, however. 

UNLV has a couple of notable players up top in Jalen Poser and Christian Jones. Poyser is averaging 17.4 PPG with 4.2 RPG and 3.2 APG so far for UNLV, while Jones sits on 14.0 PPG and 7.0 RPG. Tyrell Green has also been solid for the Rebels, with 9.8 PPG and 5.0 RPG. 

Western Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in their last five games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. Western Kentucky is also 5-1 on the over in their last six Saturday games, and the under is 4-1 in the Rebels’ last five games versus Conference USA. 

As for UNLV, they’re 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, and 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games. UNLV is also 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall, and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games versus Conference USA. 

The Rebels’ little three-game win streak there might have made some people forget about their faults. UNLV came back down to earth in the TCU game, which should give you second thoughts about picking them to cover. That said, Western Kentucky isn’t exactly the type of competition to cause a whole lot of worry, so a UNLV pick here isn’t unwarranted or risky. I’ll take the Rebels.

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