UNLV vs. Boise State - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boise State Broncos (19-11) at UNLV Runnin' Rebels (17-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)
The Line: UNLV Runnin' Rebels -2.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5
The Boise State Broncos and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels meet in college basketball action from Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday.
Boise State comes into this Mountain West Tournament matchup at 19-11 overall. After winning consecutive games over San Jose State and New Mexico, Boise State fell to UNLV in their February 26 game.
In the loss to UNLV, Boise State’s Justinian Jessup led the way on 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Derrick Alston added 11 points, eight rebounds and two assists there, and Roderick Williams doubled up on 10 points, 13 rebounds and one assist.
Over on the UNLV side, they’re 17-14 this year. Currently UNLV is on a five-game win streak, beating New Mexico, Colorado State, San Diego State, Boise State and San Jose State in that time.
In the win over San Jose State, UNLV’s Elijah Long set the pace on 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. Cheikh Mbacke Diong added 19 points, 12 rebounds and one assist there, and Bryce Hamilton had 18 points, two rebounds and one assist.
UNLV is 4-0 ATS in their last four after an ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last five overall. UNLV is 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral-site games and the under is 4-0 in their last four Thursday games.
Meanwhile, Boise State is 1-5 ATS in their last six Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS loss. Boise State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games.
This is one of those weird circumstances where two tournament teams just played each other the week prior. UNLV won at home 76-66 in that one, and had a 12-point lead after halftime. The limp scoring outing was something of an odd occurrence for Boise State, who had amassed 154 combined points across their previous pair.
That said, UNLV has been on a nice run themselves with 76 or more points in each of their last six games. This should be a pretty close matchup but ultimately I still like UNLV on the cover.