San Diego State vs. UNLV - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UNLV Rebels (19-7) at San Diego State Aztecs (14-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Viejas Arena)
The Line: San Diego State Aztecs -4.5 -- Over/Under: 156.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some Mountain West conference action on the hardwood as the UNLV Rebels take on the San Diego State Aztecs in a college basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon.
The UNLV Rebels will look to stay hot after winning 3 straight and 5 of their last 6 games following an 81-73 win over Air Force last time out. Jovan Mooring led UNLV with 24 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 5 threes and 5 assists, while Tervell Beck and Jordan Johnson added 16 points each, with Johnson adding a team-high 6 assists. Brandon McCoy and Kris Clyburn each added 10 points, with McCoy leading the team with 13 rebounds and 5 blocks, while Clyburn shot 3 of 5 with a pair of triples in just 18 minutes on the floor. Shakur Juiston also added 12 rebounds in the winning effort for the Rebels. McCoy leads UNLV by averaging a double-double per game with 17.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while Johnson leads the Rebels in assists with 5.9 assists per game this season. As a team, UNLV is scoring the 6th-most points per game in the country with 85.8 points per game with the 7th-best field goal percentage in D-I, shooting 50.6% from the field. The Rebels are also shooting 35.1% from behind the 3-point line and 70% from the foul line this season.
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The San Diego State Aztecs will look to turn things around after losing 6 of their last 9 games, but took a step in the right direction with an 87-77 win over Wyoming in their last outing. Nolan Narain led SDSU with 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting in 18 minutes, while Jalen McDaniels came 2nd with 16 points. Jordan Schakel added 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting with 4 threes in 17 minutes while Devin Watson added 13 points with a team-high 5 assists and Malik Pope added 10 points with a team-high 9 rebounds to round out the double digit scoring for the Aztecs in the win. Watson leads San Diego State with an average of 13.1 points and 4.1 assists per game while Pope is the Aztecs’ top rebounder with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, San Diego State is scoring 77.5 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.
UNLV is 14-35-3 ATS in their last 52 conference matchups and 4-20-4 ATS in their last 28 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. San Diego State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 10-4-1 in their last 15 games following a win. UNLV is 1-3-2 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 3-8-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings at San Diego State.
UNLV has been awful ATS on the road dating back a couple of seasons now and have struggled for the most part in this matchup. However, I’m not ready to declare the Aztecs back after one win against a somewhat above average Wyoming squad. UNLV is playing some solid basketball right now, including a road win over the conference leaders in Nevada and a 2 point OT loss to the 2nd best team in Boise State. Add in UNLV’s solid offense with the fact that the Aztecs aren’t as good defensively as years’ past, and that we’re getting points with UNLV, I think that the Rebels are the best bet here.