UNLV vs. Utah State - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah State Aggies (9-7) at UNLV Rebels (12-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: UNLV Rebels -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Out at Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday night, the Utah State Aggies and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels will be matching up on the college basketball court.
Utah State comes into this game with a 9-7 record overall. The Aggies have won four of their last five outings, most recently taking out Fresno State in OT on Wednesday. In that one, Utah State’s Koby McEwen put up 28 points.
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Leading the way in scoring for the Aggies this year is Sam Merrill with 15.1 PPG and 3.6 APG. Also in double-figures for Utah State are McEwen (14.3 PPG) and DeAngelo Isby (11.1 PPG) while Dwayne Brown is close on 9.2 PPG and a team-high 5.4 RPG.
As for UNLV, they’re sitting at 12-3 on the year. The Rebels had a five-game win streak broken by Boise State, but won their last game in OT over San Jose State. In that one, UNLV’s top scorer was Brandon McCoy with 23 points.
McCoy is also the lead scorer for the Rebels on the year with 19.0 PPG and 10.3 RPG, while Shakur Juiston is second with 15.7 PPG and 10.4 RPG. Also in double-figures for UNLV are Jovan Mooring (14.3 PPG) and Jordan Johnson (13.1 PPG).
The Aggies are 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games. Utah State is also 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win and the under is 2-0-2 in their last four road games.
Meanwhile, UNLV is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 home games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games. The Rebels are also 4-20-2 ATS in the last 26 versus the Mountain West and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Utah State is fairly well-balanced statistically, but they lack a real shutdown rebounder and significant secondary scoring they can rely on late in games. That said, the Aggies have looked pretty good lately. UNLV has looked good lately as well, however, and they do just about everything at a higher level than Utah State does. Still, I think the Aggies have enough gas in the tank to hang around here and cover.