UNLV vs. Oral Roberts - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (2-7) at UNLV Rebels (6-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm (MGM Grand)
The Line: UNLV Rebels -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles will travel to MGM Grand Garden Arena to take on the UNLV Rebels this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles snapped their 7-game losing streak and improved to 2-7 on the season after defeating the Little Rock Trojans, 74-66 in 2OT, this past Saturday. Oral Roberts allowed Little Rock to force OT late after a 10-0 Trojans run got them back in the game, however, the Golden Eagles pulled out the victory after holding Little Rock scoreless over the last 2:25 of the 2nd OT. Oral Roberts held Little Rock to 36.4% shooting from the field and 13.3 (4-30) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Javan White who had a double-double with 18 points, 20 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Oral Roberts is averaging 69.0 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per gam eon 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oral Roberts has been led by Albert Owens (15.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 bpg), Austin Ruder (11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Emmanuel Nzekwesi (10.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Sam Kearns (10.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.8 apg). Defensively, Oral Roberts is allowing their opponents to average 80.4 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of -3.1.
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The UNLV Rebels dropped their 2nd straight game and fell to 6-2 on the season after defeating the Arizona Wildcats, 91-88 in OT, this past Saturday. UNLV allowed Arizona to fight back in force OT after the Rebels led by a 41-30 margin at halftime, and couldn’t force a 2nd OT after UNLV’s Jovan Mooring’s three-pointer at the buzzer came up short. UNLV shot 53.2% from the field and 23.1% (3-13) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rebels was Brandon McCoy who had a double-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, UNLV is averaging 91.8 ppg on 51.0% shooting from the field. The Rebels are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNLV has been led by Brandon McCoy (20.4 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg), Shakur Juiston (14.1 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 bpg), Jovan Mooring (13.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg), and Jordan Johnson (13.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 7.8 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, UNLV is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. The Rebels have a rebound margin of 9.8 and a turnover margin of -2.5.
The Golden Eagles are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Rebels are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
Oral Roberts have struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Golden Eagles rank T-283rd in scoring offense and 305th in scoring defense. UNLV might come into this game on a 2-game losing streak, however, both losses have come against good teams (UNI; Arizona) and the Rebels still come into this matchup ranked 7th in scoring offense, 21st in FG%, and 35th in defensive FG%. This is a large spread, however, I just see UNLV scoring 95-105 points in this one and doing enough to cover at home. Take UNLV to cover.